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Winners Mind - Intelligence in Sport

winning at snooker is in the mindThe Winner's Mind site is devoted to improving psychological performance in sport, business and life.

You will find new models, tools and techniques that can be used to benefit those looking for an advantage or an edge in sport.

Whether you are a world champion or just competing as a local amateur there will be mind technology here that will be of use to you.

The psychology of winning requires making use of every possible advantage including building mental strength and resilience under adverse conditions. Some people come to sport with a strong predisposition, some do not and have to build it. Whatever your standard in your chosen sport you can always improve your performance through an aligned psychological mindset.

Its not just what you think but how you think and process information. Some players leave it to chance, some players ensure they have the maximum preparation not just physically but psychologically too.

What we will be uncovering is to how get an edge in fact build advantages over your opponent in terms of how you approach and engage in your sport mentally.

A Game that Means Everything

A Game that Means Everything

The key to delivering a top class performance, according to snooker legend Steve Davis is 'to play as though it means nothing, when in fact in means everything'. Easy to say, but not quite so easy to execute.

Well it is possible but difficult to do. One aspect that helps is if you play to the same standard whatever the level of competition or whatever the opponent and surroundings. One game to play, one level of pressure. As we know in most sports the pressure can build as the game advances, the final black, the last hole, the deciding set. The pressure comes on as the points and shots become more significant.

Posted Oct 10, 2010 1,923 Reads Read Article...

Concentration, Focusing and How to use your Mind Effectively

Concentration, Focusing and How to use your Mind Effectively

In this day and age our everyday environment has trained us to shift our attention quickly and frequently for one stimuli to another quickly. We are living in a 5 minute or less culture. In sports to be effective it is vital to be able hold our attention consistently on an activity with some intensity. There is much written about the what of attending but very little on the how. Whether you are playing tennis,golf, bowls,snooker, running the 100M or any sports, it is vital to take control of attention and to direct it in particular ways to be effective.

Posted Sep 15, 2010 1,918 Reads Read Article...

Visualisation - The Jack Nicklaus Way

Visualisation - The Jack Nicklaus Way

One of the skills of the sports competitor is the ability to visualise or create internal images. This can be done a variety of ways. Jack Nicklaus detailed his own stategy of visualising the whole details of each shot before he played it.

“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there; its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.” - Jack Nicklaus

Posted Sep 6, 2010 6,363 Reads Read Article...

Its More than Home Advantage - The Winning Place

Its More than Home Advantage - The Winning Place

Its funny how teams often perform better at home or players have favourite venues in which to perform but how does it all work? How can a place or space lead to a marked change in performance? The sports arenas are treated as sacred spaces worshpiped by thousands and millions. But what changes behaviour simply because the location has changed.

Posted Sep 1, 2010 960 Reads Read Article...

Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness

There are six aspects to mental toughness that are key in the sporting arena:-

  1. Self Belief
  2. Confidence
  3. Handling Stress and Pressure
  4. Staying Focused
  5. Self Motivation
  6. Optimism and Positivity

A player can strengthen or weaken these psychological aspects of their game. The management of each of these and in total as whole are key to deliver top class performance. We shall be looking in much more detail at each of these.

Posted Aug 30, 2010

Improving Concentration

Three of the key aspects in improving performance include focus, concentration and centredness.

Concentration includes what a player attends TO in playing or competing. This compares with how a player focuses which is about remaining in the immediate sporting context. So for instance a player who is playing on the 18th whilst thinking about handing his card in is not focusing. Doug Saunders was on the 18th with a 3 foot putt for the Open only to start thinking about his presentation speech whilst lining up this final putt.

Posted Aug 19, 2010 995 Reads Read Article...

Focus

Focus

Get ready to Focus

To improve a players focus the following are required:

  1. A clear objective or goal related to the current setting

  2. A Boundary around the context - whats in and whats out

  3. An ability to become totally aborbed in the activity.

  4. A sense of now and a connection to now- not whats happened or whats going to happen

  5. The support of concentration and centredness as part of the overall system.

  6. Being strongly anchored in the context and with clear markings of the context.

Posted Aug 19, 2010
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