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 Bowling Trinity Revisited – Part 4
The mental skill set
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...
Bowlers Behaving Badly – Part 3
Lack of lane courtesy, watching the ball too long, tardiness, and moving other people's stuff
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...
Shifting to a Mindset of Control
Improving performance by doing what you can
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...
Bowlers Behaving Badly – Part 2
Lane pattern manipulation, surface changes, sandbagging, and mid-competition withdrawals
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...
The Bowling Trinity Revisited
Physical, mental, and tactical skill sets and their relationship to peak performance
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...
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