Snooker Psychology - Psychological Issues
Here is a selection of psychological issues presented by snooker players of all standards that were of concern in different ways - Article by Ed Grimshaw
Here is a selection of psychological issues presented by players of all standards that were of concern in different ways.
- “Confidence” - a catch all for many issues.
Useful states - accessing ideal states for snooker
Mindsets - beliefs that are useful
Accessing self belief - how you represent your own ability to yourself
- Self Belief – Unable to Win Certain Games or Tournaments
- Self Image - how you see yourself as a player, sportsman etc
- Transferring form from the practise table to match play and important events.
- Mental Blocks – certain shots – certain situations
- Improving Concentration and Focus - attention in and on the game
- Composure & Balance - stability under pressure
- Inconsistency - best, norm and worst - variation of
- Not improving or going backwards - not developed as a player/stagnation
- Handling Pressure - self explanatory
- Dealing with Distractions - staying aligned with the game
- Self limiting behaviour - bad habits & routines
- Personal Conflicts - addictions etc.
- Motivation – Quality Practise & Winning Mentality
- Accessing top form states
- Developing the winning mentality - Killer instinct etc, determination
- Handling Mistakes & Misses - Reset stategies
- Healing the Wounds of Battle - Dealing with sports related trauma - mental scarring.
The above are just a few of the key areas that present problems to players. Each one has its own set of solutions depending on the personal patterns of behaviour and the history of the individual. When one problem is solved it often has productive and useful repercussions on other ones. It often is like peeling an onion as one problem is solved a more fundamental issues appears beneath the surface. It does however mean that thsi can be worked on to even greater benefit.
Technical coaching might only scratch the surface superficially and the presenting symptoms may manifest themselves in other ways in a counterproductive way
By Ed Grimshaw
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