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A new approach to athletic excellence Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at Playing in the Zone
A typical golfer will hit balls on the driving range until his wife files a missing person’s report. A tennis player will practice strokes until his or her blisters have blisters. Athletes are notorious when it comes to putting in the practice time to groove their skills. But as much... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Playing in the Zone
A description of the Zone and how easy it is for any athlete to experience it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Playing in the Zone
How to get out of your own way and let your natural ability take over. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
I've completely revamped my "latest" book that used to be titled Instant Athlete Instant Zone. It's now The Mentally Quiet Athlete. It also has a new cover. and a new website The actual text, however, is the same deathless prose as before. I'm happy with this make-over as it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
Yes, you are correct. Steven's approach works for both skill sets. If you are hitting a golf ball (closed skill) or running down a tennis ball (open skill), it works wonders. In short, you never want your pre-frontal cortex asserting control over your athletic motions. You lose freedom, power, effectiveness, precision, and finesse. I describe the easy way to keep your pre-frontal quiet during any athletic activity. The answer to your second question is no discounts on mutable books (whatever they are). Basically, if you don't ask for your money back, we'll spend most of it on wine, women, and song. And what remains we'll waste.
But it's deathless prose. It resisted editing.
Why Sports Psychology doesn’t help under-achievers & how to fix it In every sport, there are athletes with breathtaking skills. Yet, most of these guys never play anywhere close to their potential. So how come one guy becomes a superstar while another guy—with just as much talent—bombs? As Yogi Berra,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
Yesterday I joined in a golf discussion on the Internet. Someone had asked this group of golf aficionados their advice on how to break 75. Predictably, all the comments suggested practicing the short game. Someone actually told him to reduce his putts, as if the guy who asked the question... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
My favorite sports blogger, Tommy Lawlor, wrote a review of my book. He's the first one. If you want to see it in context of his whole post, here's the link: If you just want the gist, here is the relevant excerpt: SUMMER READING I want to talk to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
Have you read my book? If not, I think you will find it enlightening.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2012 on Faster Reaction Time at Playing in the Zone
The following bit got cut from the final version of my book, Instant Athlete Instant Zone. But I think it contains a valuable insight as the difference between winning and losing can sometimes be separated by only a one-hundredth of a second. Here goes: “What I learned today reminds me... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
I ran into Buddy Biancalana at a bar mitzvah this past weekend. We had a good chat. Buddy was starting shortstop for the 1985 World Series champion Kansas City Royals. He finished second in the voting for Series MVP to Bret Saberhagen. Buddy teaches professional athletes the unique methods which... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
Tom Mullins, an Irish friend, visited yesterday. We spent the day reminiscing about my family's trip to Ireland several years back. Tom and I laughed heartily remembering our trip to Ballybunion, a golf course that is always ranked among the top five in the world. It is truly one of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
When it comes to great descriptions of what it's like to play from the Zone, this one takes the cake. It's found in Bill Russell’s biography entitled Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man. Here it is: “Every so often a Celtic game would heat up so that it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
Tennis players were the first athletes to call it the Zone. Now it’s a universal term. Basketball players initially called it going unconscious. Sprinters call it tipping—when they feel they are levitating as they run and only the tips of their toes are barely brushing the track. Yet, no matter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Playing in the Zone
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