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.

Golf Psychology: Darren Clarke – Unconscious Putting

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So Darren Clarke, supported by two sports psychologists, Bob Rotella and Mike Finnigan, is 2011 Open Champion. Mike Finnigan was working with the Ulsterman on his attitude and motivation. Rotella on the critical details of golf performance. More specifically, Rotella was helping Clarke on his putting. Or Unconscious Putting as the golf psychologist described it. As Darren putted beautifully under… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Kevin Painter – Luck!

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It’s the first round of the World Matchplay at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. And World Champion Adrian Lewis is under-performing. Kevin Painter has three darts at double-top to defeat the man from Stoke. But he misses. In a titanic struggle Lewis eventually finds his form and rhythm, and eventually overcomes Painter 12-10 to progress to Round Two. In his post-match… Read more »

Golf Psychology: Graham McDowell – Major Expectations!

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It’s day two of the Open Championship, and one of the pre-tournament favourites, Graham McDowell has missed the cut. ‘I was a bit of a mental case out there’, was the Irishman’s description of his 36 hole performance. He also went on the say that ‘I need to care a bit less about the game right now’. Fascinating comments from… Read more »

Golf Psychology: Rory McIlroy – Expectations!

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It’s the day before the Open Championship. And, in the absence of Tiger Woods, all the expectations are on the US Open Champion, Rory McIlroy. For many players, this level of expectation would almost certainly result in under-performance. But not McIlroy. This is a player who exudes self-belief. A player who, whilst leading the US Open, wasn’t just content with… Read more »

Darts: Raymond Van Barneveld – Attack!

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It’s the TV break in the second-round match between Raymond Van Barneveld and Brendan Dolan. Barney is two sets to the good. But he is playing poorly. During the break, his Dutch pal Co Stompe, comes to have an encouraging word. Next thing we know, at the start of set three, Barney has thrown a beautiful nine-darter. The Alexandra Palace… Read more »

Tennis Psychology – Andy Murray & The Beatability Factor

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So Andy Murray’s quest for that first elusive Grand Slam continues. A very winnable third round encounter at Flushing Meadows with Stanislas Wawrinka ends in defeat. Murray looks both frustrated and bemused at his press conference. Frustrated in defeat, but bemused as to why his game has let him down, when he needed it the most. With each defeat, Murrays… Read more »

Football Psychology – The Sacking Of Alan Pardew

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It’s four games into the League One season. Southampton have just recorded their first win of the season, smashing Bristol Rovers by four goals to nil, at The Memorial Ground. The Saints are up and running, and ready to build on last seasons excellent effort to overturn a massive points deduction. Then, out of the blue, manager Alan Pardew is… Read more »

Football Psychology – The Psychological Problems Of West Ham United!

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‘This team carried a lot of psychological problems’. The words of West Ham United manager Avram Grant, after his teams edgy win over League Two’s Oxford United in the Carling Cup. What is Avram talking about? This is a team who, over the last year has forgotten how to win. Therefore, the players expect things to go wrong. And they… Read more »

Cricket Psychology – Who Picks The Leicester Team?

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There is nothing more fascinating for the sporting public, than a row to break-out from within a teams dressing room. Where matters that should be private and confidential, enter the public domain. In this case, its the Leicester CCC captain Matthew Hoggard and coach Tim Boon, in a spat with county chairman Neil Davidson. Davidson has apparently, been interfering in… Read more »

Cricket Psychology – The Mystery Of Kevin Pietersen

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Its the penultimate round of County Championship matches. Glamorgan are on the verge of promotion back to Division One. A win at Surrey may secure their elevation. But in the Surrey ranks, making his debut, is Kevin Pietersen. Dropped from the England 20/20 squad, Pietersen has been asked to return to the county ranks to discover his form. But how… Read more »