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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2015) 14, 147 - 154
Research article
The Development and Validation of a Golf Swing and Putt Skill Assessment for Children
Lisa M. Barnett1, Louise L. Hardy2, Ali S. Brian3, Sam Robertson4,

1 School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Burwood, VIC, Australia
2 Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW, Australia
3 Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, USA
4 Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living, Victoria University, Footscray Park, VIC, Australia

Sam Robertson
✉ Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living, Victoria University, Footscray Park, VIC, Australia.
Email: sam.robertson@vu.edu.au

Received:
04-09-2014 -- Accepted: 18-11-2014 --
Published (online): 01-03-2015

ABSTRACT

The aim was to describe development of a process-oriented instrument designed to assess the golf swing and putt stroke, and to assess the instrument’s discriminative validity in terms of age and reliability (intra-rater and re-test). A Delphi consultation (with golf industry professionals and researchers in movement skill assessment) was used to develop an assessment for each skill based on existing skill assessment protocols. Each skill had six components to be marked as present/absent. Individual scores were based on the number of performance components successfully demonstrated over two trials for each skill (potential score range 0 to 24). Children (n = 43) aged 6-10 years (M = 7.8 years, SD = 1.3) were assessed in both skills live in the field by one rater at Time 1(T1). A subset of children (n = 28) had consent for assessments to be videoed. Six weeks later 19 children were reassessed, five days apart (T2, T3). An ANOVA assessed discriminative validity i.e. whether skill competence at T1 differed by age (6 years, 7/8 years and 9/10 years). Intraclass correlations (ICC) assessed intra-rater reliability between the live and video assessment at T1 and test-retest reliability (between T2 and T3). Paired t-tests assessed any systematic differences between live and video assessments (T1) and between T2 and T3. Older children were more skilled (F (2, 40) = 11.18, p < 0.001). The live assessment reflected the video assessment (ICC = 0.79, 95% CI 0.59, 0.90) and scores did not differ between live and video assessments. Test retest reliability was acceptable (ICC = 0.60, 95% CI 0.23, 0.82), although the mean score was slightly higher at retest. This instrument could be used reliably by golf coaches and physical education teachers as part of systematic early player assessment and feedback.

Key words: Movement skill, object control, golf
Key Points
  • Golf is becoming an increasingly popular sport among young children, however there is no standard protocol available to assess and identify skill deficits, mastery level, and talent identification in beginner young golf players.
  • Process rather than product oriented outcomes better identify areas of skill deficit in young children.
  • The proposed swing and putt instrument can reliably identify skill deficits in children of elementary school age who are new to golf and can be used by a range of stakeholders including golf coaches, generalist sport coaches and physical education teachers.
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