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 importance of balancing skill level and challenge level throughout your bowling journey

The Bowling Flow Channel

Bowlers who approach me for coaching usually answer the question about what their goals are in similar ways: "I would like more revs." "I want a higher average." "I want to be more consistent." An issue that sometimes emerges following...

Bowling in the Zone

You may have heard a bowler say, "I was really in the zone today," when describing how or why they performed well during a tournament or league. But what exactly is "the zone?" Being in the zone is not easy...

Managing Your Intensity for Improved Performance

Have you ever watched a professional bowler bowl 300 and thought, "Wow, they don’t show any emotion?" What is more likely true is that they are feeling the same emotions that all bowlers feel, but at a much lower intensity....

Featuring Brandi Branka, Kristina Szczerbinski, Rocio Restrepo, and Heather D’Errico

The PWBA Round Table: Conquering the Challenges of the 2017 Season

If you have watched any of the PWBA telecasts so far this season (and I hope you have!), you may have noticed that the scores are a little bit different than in the past. The QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open...

Confidence and belief, focus, and mindset tactics and exercises for maximizing your bowling performance

Improving Your Mental Game

The mental game is one of the three key areas of a bowler’s game, along with tactics and technique. Some would argue that the mental game is the most important, since it is what holds the other two together in...

Bowling Mental Game Article Directory

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IssueArticle TitleAuthor
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