Category Archives: Sports Psychology Blog

Welcome to the Confidence Coach’s Sports Psychology blog. Here you will find insights on current sporting events, from the perspective of a sports psychology practitioner.

The purpose of this blog, is to get inside the sporting drama…why the player or team do what they they do…their thinking…mindsets…attitudes…their fluctuating state of confidence…and all the other mental and emotional pieces that create the psychology of sports.

The most recent articles are at the top of the List Of Sports Psychology Blogs Index.

Darts Psychology: Vincent Van De Voort – The Walk In The Snow!

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So Vincent Van De Voort will face Kevin Painter, in Round Two after Christmas, at the Alexandra Palace. This after putting Gibraltan, Dylan Duo to the sword by three sets to nil. However Van De Voort’s journey to the venue tonight was slightly different. Firstly he drove from Holland to England, after snow cancelled flights out of Amsterdam Airport. Then… Read more »

Football: Sir Alex Ferguson – That Man Rafa!

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‘Arrogance is one thing. You cannot forgive contempt, which is what he showed Sam Allardyce last week-end’. Sir Alex Ferguson, describing Rafael Benitez’s attitude, after Liverpool opened up a two-goal lead against Blackburn Rovers, at Anfield. Benitez, apparently signalled with his hands, that the game was as good as won, well before time, in a manner that has riled Ferguson… Read more »

Darts: Wes Newton – Pressure!

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It’s Monday night at the Winter Gardens. The first round of the World Matchplay, and local boy Wes Newton is tackling Kevin Painter. Wes reckons, there are around three hundred of his fans in the capacity Blackpool crowd. This should be a good thing. But by the eighth leg, Newton is seven-nil down. There is no rhythm to his throwing…. Read more »

Darts Psychology: Ronnie Baxter – The TV Break

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It’s the battle of the super-quick throwers. England’s Ronnie Baxter v Holland’s Jelle Klaasen. After a mere nine minutes, Baxter has captured five legs. He is on fire and Klaasen has no answers. Then, comes the TV break. Time for Klaasen to gather his wits. And time for Baxter to lose his flow. Which is exactly what happens. Klaasen wins… Read more »

Football: Petr Cech – Confidence!

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It’s early on, in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final, when Liverpool have a free-kick, thirty five yards out from the Chelsea goal. As Fabio Aurelio lines up to take the kick, Petr Cech drifts off his line, ready to come for a high ball into the crowded box. Instead Aurelio notices the growing gap that Cech has… Read more »

Football: Rafael Benitez – That Man Fergie!

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It’s the day before the big Champions League quarter-final. All is well at Liverpool. The Premiership title challenge, is back on. The team are in prime form. The manager has a new long-term contract. Nothing can go wrong! Then, at his Tuesday pre-match press conference, Rafael Benitez speaks out. Again. He claims that United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is now… Read more »

Football: Liverpool – In The Zone

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It’s twenty minutes after the end of Liverpool’s game at Fulham. And Liverpool supporters are still in Craven Cottage singing. Liverpool, after a dominant performance, have snatched it at the death. And are back on the top of the league. It maybe, that with United reclaiming top spot yesterday, Liverpool fail to take their first League title in twenty years…. Read more »

Cricket: England – Leadership!

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It’s the third one-day international, between England and the West Indies. England are reeling at 88 for 8. On a winter tour, where the only game they have won, was one where the West Indies coach made a bad mistake calculating the Duckworth-Lewis system, it’s a further example of a team performing without a purpose. This tour, was meant to… Read more »

Golf: Colin Montgomerie – The Elusive Major

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He is known as the best golfer never to win a Major. Triumphant on the European Tour, season after season. Unbeatable in the Ryder Cup. And yet, not a single Major title to his name. In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Montgomerie, explains that the reason he was not successful in golf’s ultimate tests, was that he approached… Read more »

Football: Liverpool – Unity!

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The pressure was on Liverpool yesterday. After the wins against Real Madrid and Manchester United, questions were being asked as to whether they would blow the opportunity, to close the gap on the league leaders. Well, the Reds answered these questions emphatically. Not only putting five past Villa, but playing with a clarity and sense of purpose, that informs us… Read more »