A new study published by Clarkson University in America has found that listening to jazz can dramatically improve your golf.
A new study published by Clarkson University in America has found that listening to jazz can dramatically improve your golf. Listening to jazz whilst putting creates a notable improvement in the number of putts made compared to other genres like classical, country and hip-hop. The most ineffective is rock music.
During the experiment 22 subjects, both male and female, each hit four putts from different directions and across a random holes. Different types of music played as they hit their putts, and the results were recorded. Male players who listened to jazz were more accurate in putting by an average of 17%. Female players under the same test got 10% more putts on target.
Dr Timothy Baghurst of Oklahoma State University said, “Why jazz elicits performances above other genres cannot be clearly explained, but does provide an opportunity to speculate. Listening to jazz may encourage greater improvisation from the listener. Participants in the study may have better observed the grain and slope of the green and were more open to creativity in the putt.”
Professional players are not permitted to listen to music during competition but are encouraged to listen during practice.
Ideal golf jazz:
Ella Fitzgerald - It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Idris Muhammad - Hole In One
Hank Mobley - A Caddy For Daddy
Miles Davis - Blue In Green
Sad Watanabe - Nice Shot
George Benson Quintet - Hello Birdie
Dexter Gordon - Clubhouse
... anything by Larry Bunker!