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lilpossum1

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Mental game outside of competition
on: August 04, 2018, 05:37:28 PM
I have a problem with my mental game. I have a really hard time focusing on shot making outside of really close games in league or direct head to head matches. Put money or, I hate to say it, my ego on the line, and I become a lot different shot maker. Or a group of pretty girls on the set next to me ;) How do you all get yourself to focus on making every shot? Lately I have been content hitting a break point of 10 boards when bowling recreationally

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Re: Mental game outside of competition
Reply #1 on: August 05, 2018, 06:18:33 PM
Ill be brave here and take the hit if my advice is poor.

This is what I was taught:
Just roll a good shot, and dont try to roll your best shot.
Your best shots are usually by accident. If you try to roll your best shot you will mentally crumble because it messes with timing and other stuff.
A good strong shot will carry even on a slight miss in or out.

Appreciate a bad shot that carries and smile about it. You may know in your mind it was a bad shot but to the spectators, it was the greatest shot seen.

Thats some of the mental stuff, the basics. But it still requires physical training so you can roll a good shot 80% of the time. Figure out what your good shot ratio is including spares and try to increase it.

I have my own demons that are similar to yours, and Im working on getting rid of them. I too had an issue with bowling and money or gambling. So I went to a spiritual healer, no charge, and she explained to me that I lost my love for bowling; the original reason why I bowl, for the fire and Intensity of the sport. She told me to stop gambling and just play the game. Play the game for fun and not money. So I took the advice and my scores went way up, on average as well. The test will be in Vegas this Sept.



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Re: Mental game outside of competition
Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 07:24:30 AM
To be a little different, I think you need to approach this from two sides.  I would try to reduce the imposed stresses from the higher pressure situations while also trying to impose some stress on the lower pressure situations.  The ultimate goal is to treat each shot the same regardless of the situation.  That is near impossible to do so trying to bring each side closer to each other can provide some consistency. 

I would be wary of trying to bring all situations up to the higher pressure type mainly because being at high stress for extended periods of times becomes tiring.  You will find trouble trying to be at that level for an entire block. 

Hope that came across understandably.

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Re: Mental game outside of competition
Reply #3 on: August 06, 2018, 11:23:08 AM
First I'll say you can't be as intense on every shot as if it was for your life. You'll burn yourself out.

You need to get a routine so that every shot seems the same as the last.

For me it is pick up your ball, wipe it off, find your spot on the approach, find your target and align your body to the target, take a deep breath and then go.

I do this in practice or in competition regardless of situation.

If you vary your routine it will add stress to the shot. Many when put in a pressure situation will alter their routine and often it will not produce the result they were looking for.

Your mind and body likes a routine.


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Re: Mental game outside of competition
Reply #4 on: August 06, 2018, 09:37:59 PM


I agree you need to develop a pre-shot routine.  Having one keys the
subconscience that it is time to bowl and what your body has to do.

We use the conscience mind to train the subconscience mind to operate
automatically complex bodily functions with only a few key triggers.
Think about how you had to learn something really complex like typing
or operating an automobile. You had to think about it at the time with your
conscience mind and train your subconscience so that now, you don't have to do any real thinking to perform those complex operations.  Your body can do them
with only minimum conscience effort.

Same thing with bowling.  You want to get to the point where with
only a few key triggers, your body will operate automatically.  A
pre-shot bowling routine is one key trigger.  The less you can think
and get in the way of your subconscience mind, the better.  Your
pre-shot routine is a way of clearing the mind of unimportant or
distracting thoughts.

Someone else mentioned this and it is important.  Only use positive
triggers.  The subconscience does not recognize the word 'not'.  So
if you think "do not pull this shot", it keys on "do pull this shot",
which is why many bowlers who try not to do something will end up
doing it anyways.  :)   Better to use something like "loose armswing"
or "roll the ball".

A pre-shot routine that also involves taking a deep breath or two and
slowly exhaling as you start seems to help too in helping to keep the
muscles loose.  If you can do the same things all the time and keep
the mind clear except for your keys, then pressure shots will be
treated as just a normal shot.

Edited to add:
The conscience mind is more deliberate and slower.  You use it to train your
muscles to perform actions.  Once you have trained those muscles, they operate automatically and faster by way of the subconscience mind.  When you first learn something and use the conscience mind, your actions are slower and clumsy.  With
the subconscience mind those actions are faster and smoother.
Last Edit: August 06, 2018, 09:49:30 PM by MI 2 AZ
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Re: Mental game outside of competition
Reply #5 on: August 08, 2018, 07:25:19 AM
There are two good books about the mental game.  One is by Dr Dean Hinitz, Bowling Psychology and the book by Josh Blanchard, Energy In Motion.  Both are excellent books! 

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Re: Mental game outside of competition
Reply #6 on: August 08, 2018, 07:51:30 AM
There are two good books about the mental game.  One is by Dr Dean Hinitz, Bowling Psychology and the book by Josh Blanchard, Energy In Motion.  Both are excellent books! 
Another book I recommend to people is "The Inner Game of Tennis" by W. Timothy Gallwey.

https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Game-Tennis-Classic-Performance/dp/0679778314

To me this book is the best resource for sports performance. Bowling specific books have their place, but several sports use the Inner Game of Tennis as a valuable resource.