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.

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Golf Psychology: Rory McIlroy – Pressure!

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It’s not been the best of times for Rory McIlroy, since he signed his mega-bucks deal with Nike. The form which caused the sportswear giant to bring him into their superstar fold, has temporarily deserted the Irishman. Prompting many to question, whether his sudden course walk-off in Florida, is a sign of a golfer struggling to handle the intense demands… Read more »

Sports Psychology: British Badminton – Leadership!

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In the aftermath of the Australian Swimming Team’s damning performance report after the 2012 Olympics, we now have the British Badminton leadership under the spotlight. It comes with five times National Champion Jenny Wallwork announcing her retirement from the sport. With the finger being firmly pointed at the leadership of her sport. Jenny pulls no punches when he describes her… Read more »

Swimming Psychology: Australia – The Lust For Gold!

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It’s damning! Critical! Condemning! The 2012 Olympics were an abysmal one for Australia swimming. A measly haul of one gold medal, was all that this proud nation had to show for their work in the pool. The just released report into this dramatic under-performance by the sports governing body makes grim reading. Here are some of the key points: Participants… Read more »

Football Psychology: David Bentley – Underachievement!

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He is one of the great under-achievers of English football in recent times. Blessed with talent and natural ability, but not a lot to show for it. Yes Im aware that seven England caps sit on the Bentley sideboard. And that is something to be proud of. But why only seven caps. Why not seventy? Why did David Bentley not… Read more »

Football Psychology: Rafa Benitez – Frustration!

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So Rafa Benitez finally lets off steam. The pressure that had been building on him since first arriving at Stamford Bridge, finally came out at The Riverside. Yes it made great headlines for the tabloids. But was his public frankness wise? All leaders experience pressure and stress. But they generally learn to keep it private. They deal with things quietly… Read more »

Sports Leadership: Dave Brailsford – The Marginal Gains

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In a week that has blown the lid off the murky goings on inside the world of Lance Armstrong, one man has emerged as the undisputed leader in the sports post-Armstong future. Dave Brailsford took a principled stand against drug cheats some time ago, and it has informed his leadership. He recognised that drugs gave a rider and team a… Read more »

Golf Psychology: Ian Poulter – Failure Is Not An Option!

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It’s Ryder Cup Saturday. Europe are heading for what looked likes certain defeat in the Chicago heat. Then up steps Ian Poulter. Not since Stuart Pearce in Euro 96, has an Englishman showed such courage and defiance in sporting adversity. Poulter refused to accept the inevitable. Defeat for him, was not an option. He had already declared to his captain… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Jonathan Fox – In The Zone!

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Paralympic gold medal winner Jonathan Fox has an interesting pre-race routine to help him get into the zone before his races. He plays with a Rubik Cube. Fox looks to block out any distractions in the final minutes before his races by turning to the Rubik’s cube that has accompanied him across the world for the past six years. The… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Andy Murray – The Wimbledon Final!

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So Andy Murray is one game away from his first Wimbledon title. In the past there would be plenty of reasons of doubt whether he could take the final step and secure his first Grand Slam. But this time feels different.And the sense that destiny awaits Murray comes from the presence of Ivan Lendl in his corner. Murray has brought… Read more »

Tennis Psychology: Andy Murray – The Wimbledon Final Hysteria!

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So it’s all over for Andy Murray for another year. Despite his best efforts, he was found to be not good enough against the masterful Grand Champion Federer. Yet this morning the story was not about the seven times Wimbledon champion, but about Murray. How his tears had endered him to the nation. How he ‘did us proud’, and other… Read more »