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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
50 Bowls In Focus SALE NOW ON *excludes bowls & accessories SHOP ONLINE www.thebowlsshoppe.com.au OVERSTOCK CLEARANCE 10-50% off everything* Shoes from $10 Ladies whites from $20 HEAPS OF BARGAINS !!!! www.thebowlsshoppe.com.au (03) 9375 4820 Improve Your Individual Skills Whilst covered briefly in past articles I'd like to take you through the basic skills and how you can improve on each one of them. The present state of your game is of no consequence as we are out to improve your skills regardless of whether you are in the top side or a banker. Self-Belief - Confidence - Positive Thinking These three skills have been bracketed, as they are slightly differ- ent yet closely related. A gentleman from long ago by the name of Marte- vick wrote an article on 'Success' and though I won't publish all of it, the last paragraph is of significant interest. It goes: 'Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can'. A close study of this paragraph reveals that it refers to all three of the above-named skills: self-belief, confidence and positive thinking. I have two suggestions to help you improve these areas of your game. • Practice hard, long and sensibly on the green. Put together a set of drills, making sure there is variety in your practice thus making it easier to maintain interest and enjoyment. Dedicated practice is the number one requirement for generating confidence. • Practice affrmation regularly and privately. Keep reminding yourself that you are positive and self-confident, also that you are a winner and can beat anyone and everyone. It doesn't matter if you have a bad day, continue the affirmations and your confidence and self-belief will gradually grow. Concentration Believe me, concentra- tion is the single skill that sorts out the good player from the champion. Without doubt it has been one of my great- est strengths and perhaps I was lucky in inheriting that skill from my mother. That doesn't mean it can't be improved upon. You're probably well ahead of me now, thinking how these suggestions can help you to improve, whereas you should be concentrating exclusively on what I have got to say. How do I practice concentration? • Read regularly but don’t try and think ahead as to what might happen. Don't allow any outside interference to distract you. • Listen to conversation diligently without your mind racing ahead deciding what you are going to say. Remember, we Australians thrive on 'one-upmanship' and too often we are concentrating on how we can top whatever our 'friend' is saying rather than giving him our full attention. Lis- tening to the Sunday sermon without distraction or falling asleep is another suggestion. • At practice or any competitive match focus 100% on the bowl you are about to deliver, don't allow 'chatter' to distract you. By chatter I mean those thoughts that clutter your mind like: 'I was two yards short last bowl', 'I didn't get the last bowl away properly', 'My opponent's bowl might be in my way'. And, of course, there is the other 'chatter' - you can't expect to concentrate fully if you continually 'natter' to your opponent or other members of your team. The greatest bowler this country has ever produced, Glyn Bosisto, stood out because of his intense con- centration, and one of the finest lady bowlers this state has seen, Norma Massey, also excelled in that area. Of the modern-day cham- pions Leif Selby and Joyce Lindores stand apart for their powers of concentration. Many people might suggest they are aloof and unfriendly, but this not the case. They are in the zone and fully focussed on what they are doing out on the green. Their concentration level is a factor in why their suc- cess rate in much higher than most other bowlers on the circuit, plus they also happen to be brilliant shotmakers. Off the play- ing surface you will find them wonderful company and always ready to share a drink and a laugh with their opponents and anyone else who might like to join in. So, in summary, the skills of self- belief, confidence, positive thinking and concentration are enough for you to work on for the present, but there are certainly other talents to work on if you aspire to become a better bowler. Remember, by the time this article goes to press we'll be nearing the end of our competitive season, so now's the time to make any of those changes you've thought about, par- ticularly in regards to the mechanics of your delivery. IN FOCUS • Australian number one Leif Selby is a perfect study of concentration when out on the green.
Bowls In Focus May 2010