Bowling Mental Game Articles

Like many other sports, bowling is as much a mental game as it is a physical game. Particularly at the higher levels of our sport, a faulty mental game can really be a liability.

The list of sub-topics that are critical to an effective mental game is huge: the pre-shot routine, concentration, confidence, focus, mental toughness, handling adversity, decision making, visualization, handling pressure, and the post-shot routine are all essential elements that bowlers should consider as they elevate their games to higher and higher levels.

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Featured Bowling Mental Game Articles

The mental skill set

The Bowling Trinity - Part 4

The final chapter of this Bowling Trinity series covers the mental skill set that bowlers need to succeed. More than anything, the mental game is what separates champions from also-rans. It also happens to be the area that has evolved...

Lack of lane courtesy, watching the ball too long, tardiness, and moving other people's stuff

bowlers-behaving-badly-part-3

Over the first two parts of this series (available here and here), we discussed everything from lane pattern manipulation and noises in the approach to sandbagging and not "giving five." Even though we've covered a lot of ground already, we...

Improving performance by doing what you can

Shifting to a mindset of control header

When it comes to bowling at a high level, your mindset will have a significant influence on your success. For many bowlers, it can come down to understanding the difference between what's in your control and then doing something about...

Lane pattern manipulation, surface changes, sandbagging, and mid-competition withdrawals

Bowlers Behaving Badly - Part 2

In the first installment of Bowlers Behaving Badly, we discussed not “giving five," impatient bowler syndrome, slamming the ball on the rack and the lane, making noises while a bowler is in the middle of his or her approach, and...

Physical, mental, and tactical skill sets and their relationship to peak performance

The Bowling Trinity Revisited

In 2012, I wrote a series of articles (available here and here) that introduced one of the key models I’ve used in coaching since then, a model I now refer to as the “Bowling Trinity.” Back then, I discussed the...

Bowling Mental Game Article Directory

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IssueArticle TitleAuthor
The Bowling Trinity Revisited - Part 4
Bowlers Behaving Badly - Part 3
Shifting to a Mindset of Control
Bowlers Behaving Badly - Part 2
The Bowling Trinity Revisited
Making the Leap From Recreational to Competitive Bowling - Part 1
Big Picture Bowling
Building Mental Toughness
Improving Your Bowling With Off-Lane Training - Part 2
Overthinking - Part 2
No "I" in Team
Overthinking - Part 1
Taking Your Best Shot
De-Cluttering Your Bowling Mind
Improving Your Bowling Outlook
The PWBA Round Table: Strengths, Pre-Shot Routines, and Best Advice
The Three P's of Bowling Success - Part 3
The Three P's of Bowling Success - Part 2
The Three P's of Bowling Success - Part 1
Three Keys to Bowling's Mental Game
Mind Your Bowling - Part 2
Mind Your Bowling - Part 1
The Basics of Improving Your Bowling Game - Part 3
Exploring the Effect of New Equipment on Bowler Confidence
The Bowling Flow Channel
Bowling in the Zone
Managing Your Intensity for Improved Performance
The PWBA Round Table: Conquering the Challenges of the 2017 Season
Improving Your Mental Game
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
The PWBA Round Table: Tackling the PWBA Off-Season
Feeling Anxious? Squeeze Your Way to Success!
The PWBA Round Table: Physical and Mental Toughness
The Seven Common Problems That Can Hurt Your Bowling Scores
Closing Out the Game
Steps to the Learning and Coaching Process
The Decision to Change Your Game
Your Competition Personality
Training Your "Don't Give Up" Muscle
Choking Under Pressure - Part 2
Can Monkeys and Ballet Dancers Help Us Improve Bowling Performance?
Curing the Choke
A Case of "the Yips"
Choking Under Pressure - Part 1
Going for the Gold
Teams That Play Together Well Win
Gamesmanship, Mental Toughness, and Impeccable Concentration
The Bowler's Shot Cycle
Breaking 900
New Research on Self-Talk, Visualization, and Perception
Achieving Tunnel Vision
Get Your Mental Game Fitness in Shape
Tough Enough
Your Popoff Valve
Getting Back in the Saddle
Taming Your Dragonflies
Is Social Media Use Affecting Your Bowling?
Effective Decision Making
Is it Time to Call it Quits?
Bowling Under Pressure
Being Superman
One for the Money
Getting Lucky
Exorcising Your Mental Ghosts
How to Become a World Class Player
Can You Fly This Thing?
"Wired In" to the Competitive Bowler
The Thinker, the Squirrel, and the Volcano - Part 2
The Thinker, the Squirrel, and the Volcano - Part 1
The Seven Deadly Sins of the Mental Game
Your Bag of Tricks
A Mind as Tough as Steel
Tackling Your Weaknesses - Part 3
Tackling Your Weaknesses - Part 2
Tackling Your Weaknesses - Part 1
Laser Focus
Testing Pre-Shot and Post-Shot Routine Effectiveness – Part 2
Where is Your Next Level?
Slump Busting
How Perception Impacts Performance
Working Through a Slump
Are You Prepared to Be at Your Best?
A Game of Risk
Is the Bowling Season Really Over?
Testing Pre-Shot and Post-Shot Routine Effectiveness - Part 1
Reaching a Higher Level
Handling Adversity
Yee-Ha Sports Psychology