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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Tennis: Dinara Safina – Self Control

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It’s the US Open Ladies Singles Semi-Final. Heavy winds are making conditions difficult, for both Serena Williams and Dinara Safina. And Safina is not making life easy for herself, or her tennis racket. The racket is getting a pummelling, as Safina lets out her frustration. Bounced the racket off the court, after nearly every mistake, the Russian is not only… Read more »

Athletics: Marilyn Okoro – The Moment

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It’s the semi-final of the women’s 800m at the Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing. Britain’s Marilyn Okoro, is fancied to make it to the Olympic final. And as the race pans out, with 200m to go, she is perfectly placed to make her bid, for a final qualifying place. At 200m, the moment comes for her to go. It’s that moment…. Read more »

Swimming: Michael Phelps – Finding Ways To Win

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In a phenomenal finish, American Michael Phelps, tipped Serbia’s Milorad Cavic to the Olympic 100m butterfly gold medal. It was a race¬†Phelps had no right to win. Cavic was a certain winner, right until the very last stroke. Then, the powerful will of Phelps, proved too much for the Serb. Phelps, did what all sporting greats, manage to do, in… Read more »

Diving: Tom Daley – Too Much Too Young?

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It wasn’t long after Blake Aldridge and Tom Daley, were out of the diving pool that the recriminations began. Aldridge accused Daley of nerves and under-performance. Questions were asked of Aldridge’s focus, as he called his mother between dives. Insiders spoke of the body language between the British pair, being wrong. But all of this should come as no surprise…. Read more »

Darts: Phil Taylor – Mastership!

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It’s the second round of the World Matchplay, and the pundits, are expecting Colin Osbourne, to give Phil Taylor, a test. Osbourne, fresh from victory over Mervyn King, exudes a bucketful of confidence and belief. He’s beaten Taylor recently. And fancies his chances of doing so again. And maybe that was Osbourne’s problem. It was as if Taylor, wanted to… Read more »

Darts: Raymond Van Barneveld – Feeling The Heat!

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Holding a five leg lead, at 12-7, Dutchman, Raymond Van Barneveld, looked in complete control of his quarter-final match against Wayne Mardle. Then, with defeat staring him in the face, Mardle upped the intensity. With the crowd on his side, he gradually and spiritedly, eroded Van Barneveld’s lead, to edge a thriller, 17-15. This was a match that Van Barneveld,… Read more »

Darts: Mark Dudbridge – The Five Second Rule

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It’s the first night of the World Matchplay, at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Mark Dudbridge is 9-7 up, against Wayne Mardle. And, he has five chances at a double, to take the match. Unfortunately for Dudbridge, he misses them all. Mardle, then proceeds to come back from the brink of defeat, to snatch an unlikely 11-9 win. It’s a match… Read more »

Golf: Greg Norman – Expectations!

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So, Greg Norman leads the field, as the final day of the The Open approaches. For three days, he has played like a man, without the burden of expectancy on his shoulders. No pressure. No demand. Only, a former champion, enjoying himself in testing, championship conditions. If he were to play with similar freedom on day four, then the Australian… Read more »

Golf: Padraig Harrington – A Champions Attitude

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With his troublesome wrist injury, causing serious doubts, as to whether he would be able to defend his title, few pundits backed Padraig Harrington, to win the 2008 Open. But after two battling rounds, the Irishman, is only three shots off the lead. What has been so impressive about Harrington, is not so much his shot-making. But more his attitude…. Read more »

Golf: The Open Championship – I Like This Weather!

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So The Open Championship commences, with 20 mph winds and heavy rain, coming in off the Irish Sea. It would be easy, for a player, to be negatively affected by these conditions. Open the bedroom curtains first thing, and groan. Drop a shot at the first, and inwardly think that things are unfair. But, the conditions, are part of the… Read more »