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

Keeping perspective to improve your game

Big Picture Bowling

The ball crosses 13 at the arrows, heading toward the gutter before it picks up in the midlane, hooks away from board five, and rolls into the pocket as the pins go ten-back into the pit. A casual observer watches...

Preparing for challenging lane play moments

Building Mental Toughness

Whether it involves making a cut, cashing, earning a trip to nationals, or winning a title, those who perform as close to their normal as possible in key stress-filled moments will be more likely to succeed. I have had the...

An alternative approach to developing lane play skills

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Ask bowlers of any level what they’d like to improve and one of the most likely answers will be something related to lane play. Over the years, I’ve written plenty of articles about this topic, but I wanted to take...

Common errors and solutions

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In the previous installment of this series, I introduced the idea of overthinking, I detailed the frequency of thoughts that should occur as people progress through learning a skill, and I covered when thinking too much may be both good...

Managing expectations to improve your mental game

No "I" in Team

Now that we've discussed various lane play adjustments that you are hopefully practicing as often as possible, I would like to talk about the mental game aspect of team and league bowling. Much has already been written about the importance of the mental...

Bowling Mental Game Article Directory

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IssueArticle TitleAuthor
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