Control Freaks: A follow up to “Pumped up or Poker faced”

Control Freaks: A follow up to “Pumped up or Poker faced”

The greatest failing of any archer, be they club level or the best in the world, is their desire to control every aspect of what they do, this desire to control all aspects of the performance feeds upon the athletes insecurity that what they do is not good enough/could be better or that their level […]

The good, the average and the ugly: Responsibility continued

The good, the average and the ugly: Responsibility continued

To the outsider high end performance sport is a confusing pastime.  An athlete spends hundreds, if not thousands, of hours a year practicing and training, they invest physically, financially and emotionally to the exclusion of other “normal” aspects of life and to the outsider the question most asked is “does it make you happy?”.  It […]

Take some responsibility

Take some responsibility

I was thinking about what to write this article on, what aspect of performance and psychology would most interest and excite?  Perhaps mental toughness or relaxation techniques or imagery, however, I have decided to write on a much more important topic: responsibility. Every athlete, whatever their level, must take responsibility for their performance.  There are […]

Does it matter how I hold a release aid?

Does it matter how I hold a release aid?

This is such an important question which is never really touched upon.. How you hold the release aid is going to affect how you anchor, i.e how your hand interacts with your jaw line. Also it is going to affect how well you can execute the trigger, so it’s going to be the difference between […]

Checks, balances and the role of positivity/negativity

Checks, balances and the role of positivity/negativity

    Recently I was talking to the manager of an international sports team who said an athlete should be able to ignore negative thoughts, put them out of their mind, and get on with it. my response was a sage nodding of my head while inside my head i was thinking, “wow!”. Not, I […]

What arrow spine is right for my compound?

What arrow spine is right for my compound?

I have been contacted by 3 different people in the last 24 hours with respect to arrows and spine. So lets go through this: “How do you choose the right spine to shoot out of a compound?” There is one proviso that must be accepted: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO STIFF AN ARROW […]

How can psychological training work for you?

How can psychological training work for you?

This may seem a bizarre and controversial statement for someone who has studied sports psychology to make but I am continually faced with the same procedural issues when dealing with athletes. Let us clear up some misconceptions with respect to psychology and how it improves performance within the athletic field.  It is not magical, those […]

Automatic Skill

Automatic Skill

Archery is a well-learnt, closed skill. A closed skill is one where the individual performing the skill does not manipulate the performance with respect to any outside effects. Unlike, for example, a footballer, who has a multitude of different shots available to him, or a golfer who will not only select a club for a […]

Only two approaches to success?

Only two approaches to success?

In sport, it is believed by many that, the truly successful fall into one of two categories. The pompous or the unaware.   The Unaware: Let us deal with the latter category first, individuals who are too unaware to fear failure. They stare into the black abyss of fear and self doubt and are too […]

How much should you practice?

How much should you practice?

Across all sports and from athletes of all levels the same question is constantly asked: How much should I be practising? This question is asked from school children onwards, as if time spent doing something is the answer to achievement or attaining the desired level. In my university days it was curious how much better […]