Cognitive Phase - What to Expect

– The beginning phase of skill learning

– A player’s focus is on gaining understanding of how skill is to be performed

– The coach describes the skill’s key elements, and provides demonstrations, films,

charts, other visual cues to help learners “picture” the new skill

– Player begins to develop a motor program (an abstract internal representation)

that skill

– Initially the program is very crude, with minimum detail, a “ball park” response

– Program revised and refined with practice and feedback from player’s sensory

systems and from coach

– Conscious attention is directed towards movement details, player does not focus

on external details such as wind condition, lie of golf ball

– Movements lack synchronization, are very deliberate and also inconsistent

– Player cannot determine exact cause of error

– Vision is the dominant sensory system

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