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.

Snooker Psychology: Anthony Hamilton – Attitude!

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              And so Anthony Hamilton is through to the main draw of the World Championships, for the first time since 2008. Anthony saw off the hard to beat Perth cueman Scott Donaldson, whilst admitting that he wasn’t playing his best snooker. To compensate for the weaknesses in his game, he had what he described… Read more »

Golf Psychology: Tony Finau – Winning!

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There was an interesting article on BBC Sport the other day about American golfer Tony Finau. It was highlighting the fact that since his win at the Puerto Rico Open in 2016, Finau has finished inside the top ten of PGA events, thirty times! That’s an amazing statistic. Such consistency. A player who knows his own game. The article however,… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Allan Taylor – Confidence!

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A couple of seasons ago, tennis player Kevin Anderson enlisted the help of a sports psychologist, to help him match game outcomes to his talent. In other words the giant South African felt he was under-performing. Kevin is a mild mannered player on court. And he suspected that was inhibiting his progress. Off court he is a passionate guitar player…. Read more »

Football Psychology: David De Gea – Present!

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There are many fascinating moments in the Netflix documentary The Last Dance. One of which is when author Mark Vancil attempts to sum up what it is that makes basketball’s Michael Jordan great. ‘Being Present!’.¬†That’s what makes Michael the best, says Vancil. He is always fully present. He’s a mystic. He is never anywhere else. His words came to mind… Read more »

Snooker Psychology: Judd Trump – Six!

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So Judd Trump wins the Gibraltar Open to take his seasons collection of ranking titles to six. A tour record. When a player is crowned World Champion for the first time, there are always questions asked as to whether wearing the champions crown will be a burden or a liberation. Some find the expectation too much, and never come close… Read more »

Football Psychology: Liverpool – The New Impossible!

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And so Liverpool’s Champions League defence is ended at the hands of a tough Athletico Madrid side. Despite giving everything, this felt like a step too far for Jurgen Klopp’s team. Which is hardly a surprise. Having set a potent trail in the Premier League all season, they look certain to secure their first title in thirty years. But in… Read more »

Football Psychology: Ronaldo – The Invisible Fans!

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It’s arrival time for the Juventus team, ahead of their behind closed doors top of the table clash with Inter Milan. As Christiano Ronaldo steps off the team bus, he high fives the invisible fans who would normally be waiting to greet the Juventus team as they enter the Allianz Stadium. Then at the final whistle Ronaldo turns to applaud… Read more »

Football Psychology: Simon Grayson – Sacked!

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So Simon Grayson is sacked as Blackpool manager. Heralded as the second coming, upon his return to the club at the start of the season, Grayson’s tenure lasted just more than half a season. Sometimes in a managerial career, the grind simply takes it’s toll. You become worn out. You don’t admit it. You think you have another big job… Read more »

Rugby Psychology: England – After The World Cup!

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And so England begin their Six Nations campaign with a defeat in France. If England lose more games this season, it won’t be a complete surprise. Big Cup Final losses take a toll. You can never be sure how long it takes for a side to reset and refocus. Just because England came close to lifting the Webb Ellis trophy,… Read more »

Football Psychology: Eddie Howe – Principles!

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So from being touted consistently for the best jobs in the Premier League, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is now favourite for the sack. His post-match interview after the home defeat to Watford, was grim.¬† Eddie said he was going to go away after the game, and reflect on whether he was still helping the team or not. The question itself, demonstrates… Read more »