Want to improve your putting? Take along a pair of headphones and a jazz album.
According to a Clarkson University research study recently published in the Journal of Athletic Enhancement, listening to jazz music has been shown to improve your putting performance. And more surprisingly, listening to any genre of music is better than just the voices inside your head, or the hushed voices of your partners who think they're being quiet.
Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Physician Assistant Studies Ali Boolani set up the test, using nearly two dozen men and women golfers from Division I programs, all with at least eight years of experience at the sport. They were then required to complete a series of six trials, attempting to make five putts at four locations on a putting green.
Boolani selected five musical genres -- classical, country, rock, jazz and hip-hop/rap -- along with no music, and golfers listened to each in a random fashion. It turns out the group performed better listening to jazz than any other genre.
The paper indicates that future research will be needed with a larger sample to see if the findings can be replicated.
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"Other research has shown that country music improves batting, rap music improves jump shots and running is improved by any up-tempo music," Boolani said. "But the benefit of music in fine motor control situations was relatively unknown. Hopefully, this is the first step in answering this question."
Boolani conducted the study along with Assistant Professor Timothy Baghurst, Assistant Professor Tyler Tapps, and Regents Professor Bert H. Jacobson of Oklahoma State University, and student Richard Gill of Tennessee State University.
Want to read the entire abstract? Check it out here.