The Mental Game of Bowling
Mark D. Williams
This is an approach to the mental game of bowling. In the
sports world it is known that the mental outlook is very important
for success. This is true not only in sporting events, but
in all aspects of life. There are several ways to achieve
this positive outlook. The following are just a few. I believe
that it takes a combination of these mental techniques to
achieve success. Please be aware that there are many methods
to the mental game.
Here Is an Outline of a Few Approaches.
1. Visualization - Visualize how you are going to roll
your bowling ball in your pre-shot routine, kind of like a
video or a mental picture or image.
2. Relaxation Or Self-Hypnosis - This is one of the
techniques that I feel is the root of all mental approaches
like a basis for the mental game. There are several methods
for this available.
3. Concentration - Here is a technique I use as a pre-shot
warm up. I pick out one of the dots on the approach, then
stare or focus on it briefly until I can only concentrate
on the dot. When I know that I can fully focus on the dot
I know that I can focus on my spot or mark on the bowling
lane. At this point I know that my mind is clear, focused,
and I can concentrate.
4. Subliminal - I use subliminal tapes or CD's in combination
with relaxation or self-hypnosis. I have found only a couple
of places to get these tapes or CD's. With subliminal tapes
you listen to music to distract your outer mind, while behind
the music or in the background are positive suggestions for
your inner mind to pick up on. If you cannot find these tapes
or CD's that are specifically for bowling use some that are
These are just a few of many techniques for the mental game
of not just bowling but other sports as well.
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