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.

Sports Psychology: Simon Whitlock – Expectations!

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It’s the first round of the World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace. Former world finalist Simon Whitlock is playing Dennis Smith. And Sky are hyping the game up! Whitlock has recently broken his ankle. How will he stand the test of a long drawn out game, against the slow-throwing Smith? This is a potential upset in the making. But Whitlock,… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Wes Newton – The Justin Pipe Effect!

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It’s the second round of the World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace. And the match between Fleetwood’s Wes Newton and Taunton’s Justin Pipe, is hotting up. At two sets all, Newton is allowing his irritation at Pipe’s slow and deliberate style of play to show. Behind Pipe’s back, Newton is tapping his watch, Alex Ferguson style, to let us know… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Raymond Van Barneveld – The Will To Win!

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It’s the first round of the World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace. Five-times champion Raymond Van Barneveld is a hot favourite to beat James Richardson. Richardson is competing in the Worlds for the first time. He is given no chance. But those discounting the brick-layer, have overlooked his form and emergence in the PDC. The professionals recognise his ability and… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Leeds United – The Power Of A Cause

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In a fitting tribute to the memory of Gary Speed, Leeds United put Nottingham Forest to the sword in a compelling away display at the City Ground. If they can maintain this level of form, then Simon Grayson’s team have every chance of finally returning to the Premiership. For what Leeds United have to fuel their promotion push is a… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Martin Johnson – The Best Ex-Player!

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So Martin Johnson quits as England rugby coach. With a full review of England’s World Cup under-performance due, Johnson walked before he was inevitably pushed. But how did it come to this? How is it, that the only Englishman to lift the World Cup, should leave the international scene with his head bowed? It’s likely that his players will come… Read more »

Sports Psychology: England – Distractions!

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It’s quarter-finals week of the rugby World Cup. And England coach Martin Johnson is having to face down press questions about the off-field behaviour of some of his players. After Tindall’s late-night bar jaunt, we have Haskell, Ashton and Hartley in the dock for inappropriate comments to a female member of the hotel staff. It suggests that mentally, England are… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Adrian Lewis – Concentration!

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It’s the first round of the World Grand Prix at Dublin. And World Champion Adrian Lewis is cruising. Five legs in a row against John Part. Lewis is looking the real deal. Then with the match beckoning, Lewis switches off. He lets Part back in and suddenly instead of closing out the match, Lewis is struggling. One all becomes two-one,… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Dave Chisnall – Underperformance!

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It’s the first round of the World Matchplay at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. And Dave Chisnall has finally found some form. Unfortunately, he is 9-1 down against Watford’s Mark Walsh. Chisnall picks off a couple of legs to keep Walsh on his toes, but it’s come too late to turn back the tide. Chisnall is out. After his semi-final performance… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Mark Walsh – Motivation!

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Mark Walsh has just destroyed Dave Chisnall in the first round of the World Matchplay. Normally, the winning player is taken up to the Sky studio, for a post-match chat with Dave Clarke. Unsurprisingly, we don’t get to hear Walsh’s post-match analysis. In face we rarely do. When he beat Alan Tabern in the second round of last years World… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Dave Chisnall – Underperformance!

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It’s the first round of the World Matchplay at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. And Dave Chisnall has finally found some form. Unfortunately, he is 9-1 down against Watford’s Mark Walsh. Chisnall picks off a couple of legs to keep Walsh on his toes, but it’s come too late to turn back the tide. Chisnall is out. After his semi-final performance… Read more »