Article Contents

  • 1. The principles of world class play
    • 1.1. Principle #1: World class bowlers consistently embrace objective reality
    • 1.2. Principle #2: World class success starts with world class thinking
    • 1.3. Principle #3: World class players have other-worldly concentration abilities
    • 1.4. Principle #4: World class players are motivated by their internal fire
    • 1.5. Principle #5: World class competitors can separate perception from fact

The USBC Masters Championship was played in Reno February 6-13th. Although there were hundreds of competitors, realistically there were only a handful who could actually win the tournament. What?!! How can we say this? There were dozens of PBA title holders, Hall-of-Famers, and Major tournament winners in the field. Wouldn’t it seem that there were more than just a handful who had a chance?

It seems absurd to say that only a few players can be the conqueror with all that talent and history in the building. But the truth is the truth. From a sports psychology perspective, only a few have prepared their bodies, minds, and games to take the prize. Almost all of the players came out of their home centers as one of the best. Yet, this is an entirely different rodeo.

“Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.”
– Roger Bannister, first man to run a four-minute mile

So, the question is this: what does it take to be world class? More importantly, can you develop it? This month we are going to look at five essential operating principles that world class athletes in any sport possess. This month is not about a quick fix. It is about setting up a plan that will take you to the limits of your ability. After that, it is up to you to enter the tournament!

The principles of world class play

Principle #1: World class bowlers consistently embrace objective reality

Normal bowlers are actually slightly delusional. They will tell you they are putting more time into their training than they really are…and they believe it. They will insist that they are holding their visions and goals right in front of them. They will declare they are doing what is necessary to make those visions come true. They will tell you they are focusing and concentrating. For the most part, these bowlers are ...

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Dean Hinitz

About Dean Hinitz

Dr. Dean Hinitz is a clinical sports psychologist in Reno, Nevada, a bowler, a former competitive gymnast, and a black belt in Japanese-style Karate.