Ardgowan Club

Mental Aspects

Internal and external dialogue: During the preparation and delivery performance most bowlers don’t see what they are supposed to see, a vast majority don’t really hear what they are supposed to hear and very few bowlers actually feel what their supposed to feel, and they never realise that their external sight, sound, or feelings get jumbled up with internal dialogue, or internal imagined sights and feelings go uncontrolled until the quality of their external concentration diminishes. This essentially results in reduced performance and efficiency; particularly if they are engaged in a primarily external activity like delivering the jack or bowl, which requires the very best sensory acuity to perform at the highest standards.

External sensory input: Similarly, for the vast majority of bowlers, the problems of coordinating the external sensory input of the delivery skill with the physical movements of their body don’t usually arise out of poor eyesight, hearing or balance, but rather as a result of the interference which prevents the external sensory message from getting through to the brain. Problems of hand/eye coordination in bowling are most often a result of internal sensory interference. Once you organise what should be external and what should be internal within your mind you will see a dramatic improvement in both coordination and playing performance.