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
Bowl Like a Pro – Part 5
Elite mental game characteristics
If I were to say the names Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., or Jason Belmonte, you’d think I was starting a discussion about the greatest of all time (and maybe I am). The same if I mentioned Liz Johnson...
A Champion’s Emotional Map
Charting your course to navigate bowling's ups and downs
Psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt has a wonderful story to explain the two driving forces in our lives. Think of your brain as a rider, sitting atop an elephant. The rider is your rational mind, making decisions about what to...
Why true mental toughness means choosing not to grind
See if any of this rings a bell around competition scenarios you have experienced. No matter what you do, no matter what ball, what angle, what strategy, you cannot carry the back row—or worse, you can't get to the pocket...
Increasing Your Training Commitment – Part 2
11 mental game competencies for bowlers to master
In this second installment of my series on training commitment, I focus on sports psychology by framing the discussion around the 11 competencies of a newly-developed mental game model called the Gold Medal Profile for Sport Psychology (GMP-SP). As a...
The Way to Win
Four levels of mental game strength
Athletes and coaches often say that the one who wants to win the most, wins. We know that is not true, because if wanting it bad enough brought a title home, virtually all of you would have more trophies, more...
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