Bowling Tips – What Makes A Mentally Strong Bowler?

Bowling Tips – What Makes A Mentally Strong Bowler?

When we think of bowling we usually think of it as a physical sport. Bowling has many physical aspects to it, however it has a lot more mental aspects that many of us struggle with on a daily and weekly basis. We can bowl for years and struggle when it comes to take make that big shot because we are not being mentally strong at that moment. This haunts millions of bowlers who have stood on the approach in the 10th frame and knew they only had to throw a strike or make that single pin spare and fail mentally before they throw it. Then the result is exactly what they felt was going to happen. There are 7 characteristics of mental strength.

  1. COMPETITIVE. A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up.
  2. CONFIDENT. Confident athletes have a can-do attitude, a belief they can handle whatever comes their way. They almost never fall victim to self-defeating thoughts.
  3. CONTROL. Successful athletes are able to control their emotions and behavior. They focus on what they can control and don’t allow things that are out of their control to affect them. The hallmark of mentally tough athletes is the ability to maintain poise, concentration and emotional control under the greatest pressure and the most challenging situations.
  4. COMMITTED. Mentally tough athletes focus their time and energy on their goals and dreams. They are self-directed and highly motivated.
  5. COMPOSURE. Mentally tough athletes know how to stay focused and deal with adversity. How a player manages their emotions can determine whether they win or lose. A mentally tough player will say to himself, “OK, if I’ve got to beat the other guy and the pins too, then fine – I’ll do that.”
  6. COURAGE. A mentally tough athlete must be willing to take a risk. That’s what peak performers do. As the philosopher said, it take courage to grow up and to achieve your full potential.
  7. CONSISTENCY. Mentally tough athletes posses an inner strength. They often play their best when they’re feeling their worst. They don’t make excuses.