The present investigation explored how experimental conditions of money gain and money loss impacted performance of golfers playing a video-based golf simulator. Five female participants were initially assessed for skill level and history of golf play. Following assessment, players were orientated to a compu-terized video golf game that translated participants’ real word putting stoke into in game simulated putts. Players were exposed to conditions in which putt accu-racy led to financial rewards, and other conditions in which putt accuracy led to financial punishers. Results suggest that monetary rewards resulted in decreased putt accuracy and increased variability compared to non-monetary baseline per-formances in the players. Implications for a behavioral understanding of golf performance, wagering at sports, and the "choking" response are presented.
Bordieri, Michael; Bordieri, James; and Dixon, Mark R.
"Video Golf and Gambling: The Impact of Monetary Wagers on Performance,"
Analysis of Gambling Behavior: Vol. 2
, Article 21.
Available at: https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/agb/vol2/iss2/21