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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
42 Bowls In Focus asics bowls shoes now available Coloured Bowls Trackpants and Shorts Coloured Slough Hats Coloured Polar Fleece Vests Coloured Baseball Caps Coloured Bucket Hats Call us for a quote on club orders. Coloured pants from $37, Vests from $37, hats from $13 SHOP ONLINE www.thebowlsshoppe.com.au Coaching Tips Over the years I've conducted many seminars at bowling clubs and other sporting organisations - including one to a multitude of foot- ballers at a grand final breakfast - and it was always my endeavour to come up with a few inspirational 'gems' to encourage my audience to think. Whilst not an icon like some of those non-bowlers from whose works I am quoting, I have added a few of my own tips accumulated during 50 years in our great sport. Some of these I may have used in previous articles but there may be just one that becomes a catalyst to you moving up to the next level. • The great British wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was called upon to make the Graduation speech at a prominent English Public School and all present were waiting with bated breath expecting a long and inspiring address. Personally I’ve had no trouble remembering it. He stood up, moved to the microphone and uttered this very short, stunning quote: 'Never, never, never give up', and sat down again. If you heed these words you'll win a few matches that you never thought possible. • ‘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'. This quote, of course, is about self-belief, a trait you will need to engender if you wish to go far in our game. I believe this advice came from a gentleman by the name of Markovic and I apologise to our lady readers, on his behalf, for using the word 'man' only. • ‘If you are not out there practicing, and someone else is, when you meet, they will win'. Football coaching legend Tom Hafey offered this advice, which especially applies to those lazy bowl- ers who are not prepared to make the effort. • ‘To perform your best, strive not to beat your opponent but rather yourself. For those who outperform themselves, will ultimately outperform their op- ponent'. Author unknown but that has been my aim in every match I play. • ‘Skipping a rink you soon realise that if you don't retrieve the position there is no player following you, to do so. Each player within the rink should also think along those lines'. • So often our mind gets cluttered with negative thoughts: 'I was short last time, the wind's gusting, I can hear talking behind me, etc.' Focus your mind entirely on preparing for your next delivery and shut out any other irrelevant thoughts. • ‘It’s late in the match, my form is slipping and I need to lift my game and make a positive contribution to our chances of winning. What can I do?' Chances are you are tiring from lack of general fitness or tension. Have a good look at your follow-through. If you can get that part of your game back on track, along with renewed concentration, there is every chance you'll regain your lost good form. • The great Ric Charlesworth a legendary Australian hockey coach and Sheffield Shield cricketer, cites the following: 'In my teams I had a rule that I insisted on in training. It had to be physically and mentally tougher, more complex and more demanding than the game. That way we were able to develop athletes who could deal with whatever came along.' The message here is to train harder than you would in an actual game so that when pressure is applied you are primed and ready to overcome any situation that may develop. IN FOCUS • Legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once offered a succinct piece of advice which should apply to all bowlers.
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