Have You Ever Been Intimidate by a Crowd? Do you lose your focus or composure when playing in opposing arenas with loud, vocal crowds? Have you ever been intimidate by a crowd? Maybe the opposing team had a reputation for excelling at their home site (home field advantage) or the opposing crowd was unusually loud... You probably felt uncomfortable and nervous even before the competition … [Read more...] about How To Perform Well Despite A Hostile Crowd
Concentration in Sports
Do You Over Think In Competition? Do you get in your own way when you compete? This is a common challenge for many athletes we coach on the mental game. One way you (or your athletes) might get in your own way mentally is when you over think in competition, such as when you over think how to play the game technically. How did you perform in those competitions? Athletes who over think … [Read more...] about How To Get Out Of Your Own Way And Excel
Focus During Game Time How often have you heard the word "focus" during your competitive career? What exactly is "focus"? The word "focus" is used every day by coaches and athletes throughout the world of sports. Athletes blame losses on focus. Athletes credit victories to focus. Athletes talk about how distractions affected their mental focus. And mental game coaches highlight the … [Read more...] about What Is The Optimal Focus For Peak Performance?
Where Should Your Focus Be? Are you able to stay focused on your current shot during critical moments in a golf tournament? Or does your mind drift causing you to think of all the potential negative outcomes of a bad shot or missed putt? You have probably experienced these thoughts..."I have to sink this putt" or "I'm two strokes down, this drive needs to be perfect." These thoughts … [Read more...] about How To Focus On The Process Instead Of Outcome In Golf
Golfers have many distractions that compete for their attention. Many fans hold top golfers in high regard for their ability to focus despite all the distractions they experience. Golf fans have unrealistic expectations that athletes can drop all distractions prior to walking onto the course and focus one hundred percent on their game. Golfers are human and experience distractions due to … [Read more...] about McIlroy: Attempting to Overcome Distractions
Do you or your team adopt a defensive mindset and fear mistakes when you have the lead in the game? Do you or your team protect a big lead and then just play it safe or try to hold on to the lead? If so, this is a sign that a comfort zone is causing you to change your approach during competition. This phenomenon in sports comes to light when an athlete (or team) stops going on attack and begins to … [Read more...] about Lessons from National Championship Games: The Dangers of Protecting Your Lead
Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the "Golfer's Mental Edge" CD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career. In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, answers a question … [Read more...] about Staying Composed on the Course
Do you have the mental stamina to fight to the end of a long, closely contended competition and never give up? Is your fitness strong enough to endure a five-hour battle so that you don’t lose your mental focus? Are you mentally able to push past the physical pain when your body is telling you it’s out of gas? I loved the feeling of a close, hard-fought competition when I played football, … [Read more...] about Can You “Enjoy” the Pain and Suffering of Competition?
Dr. Patrick Cohn of Peak Performance Sports and former Pro football player J.J. Birden give a one hour Webinar on sports psychology strategies to help athletes perform at their peak under pressure. Birden shares his story about how he overcame pressure to succeed in the NFL. But Birden was small for a football player at 5’10.” The pressure to be on top of his game was always present. He learned … [Read more...] about How to Focus at Peak Levels Under Pressure – Webinar 1
Concentration in Golf What's the one mental game skill you must possess to be successful in golf? Focus, concentration, or ability to attend to what's important. You can't hit a good shot when you are thinking about the wrong stuff or are distracted by your own internal gremlins. I just posted a new golf confidence video for you to check out... You'll learn if your distractions are … [Read more...] about Golf Psychology: Tiger Woods-like Concentration for Golfers