Chapter 6 describes the gaze and focus of attention in targeting tasks with abstract or moving targets, such as the golf putt, cricket, and football quarterback
Quiet Eye Training In the Golf Straight Putt
- Assume your stance and align the club so that a fixation is on the back of the ball.
- Fixate a specific location on the hole and imagine the ball going into the cup at that location
- Repeat this aiming process no more than 2-3 times per putt.
- The final fixation, or QE, should be held stable on the back of the ball for 1-2 second before the backswing begins, and remain stable through the foreswing and contact.
- The QE should remain on the green for 200 to 300 ms of quiet-eye dwell time as the ball rolls toward the hole.
- Donít look up until the ball is about 10 feet (3 meters) away
Exercise: Watch the gaze of the golfer in the video below. What mistake in his QE is he making?
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