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What helps you play sports at a very consistent level?

Asked by cockswain (15249points) May 10th, 2011

I love playing sports, and I play a bunch of them. Like anyone, I get frustrated by my good and bad days. I’m convinced it’s all mental. What are some useful tips you’ve learned over the years that have helped you? In what sport?

My best tips are get plenty of sleep, keep your eye on the ball or where you are throwing, stay loose, concentrate but not so hard you tense up.

Sounds lame, but I’m serious. For example, in tennis I’ll forget to shift my weight on my front foot for a set, then remember. In golf, I’ll look up right before I hit the ball until I remember to stare at it until after hitting it. What helps you play at a high level consistently, minimizing unforced errors?

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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Sleep.

Discipline.

Sleep.

Discipline.

Sleep.

big cats gotta sleep

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Mindfulness.Be in the moment.
You need to find a way to focus on the task at hand with no distracting thoughts.
That has helped me annihilate my opponents on the links.;)

cockswain's avatar

True enough. So, how does one learn to become more “mindful”? I know what you mean, and there is a certain zen to sports. When I have “it,” I’m really good. When I don’t, I suck. How do you get better at capturing that mindset of being exclusively and fully concentrated in the moment?

Cruiser's avatar

A healthy handicap keeps me in the game!! for them of course!;)

ucme's avatar

Because i’m so damn good, you’ve either got it or you don’t ;¬}
Seriously though, it’s just a matter of concentration & application. We’re not professionals, but that’s no excuse to act like it doesn’t matter. Because by gum, it does matter…...oh so very much!

dabbler's avatar

Practice practice practice.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@cockswain-What you can do is practice mindfulness while doing simple chores around the house.
Pay attention to the task at hand.Don’t think about all the other things on your mind.
Doing this has alot of other benefits in addition to improving one’s performance in sports.

Cruiser's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille You must be some sort of Zen Meditation Guru Masters in order to block out those 3 digit scores on your scorecard. How do you do it??

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Cruiser Those are the letters Y.A.Y.! As in….YAY! I kicked your a$$ yet again.If you wear your glasses,then maybe you can hit the ball,little boy! XD

cockswain's avatar

What’s your handicap?

Cruiser's avatar

@cockswain Her handicap is she thinks the louder you scream at the ball the better chance she has of finally clearing the water hazard! ;)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@cockswain I’ll never tell ya.:)
@Cruiser—Oh yeah??? !!

cockswain's avatar

Why? I shoot around 95 and I’ll freely admit that. I suck. I only play like 3–5 rounds a year. That game takes way more practice than I’ve time to commit.

Cruiser's avatar

@cockswain She won’t tell you because she can’t count that high! And a large basket of range balls is still not enough for her to complete 18 holes. ;)

cockswain's avatar

And this is who I’m taking sports advice from? sheesh :)

Cruiser's avatar

@cockswain I keep a regulation par 5 between me and any of her advice! That gives me a 3 day head start! ;)

cockswain's avatar

Man, this golf talk is giving me the itch. I think I’ll hit some balls this week.

I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can hit decent drives and approach shots. But I still suck at chipping and putting, so my score isn’t going anywhere. I get so bored practicing putting. Not nearly as fun as crushing a beautiful drive.

Cruiser's avatar

@cockswain I used to be pretty good but nowadays even @lucillelucillelucille could beat me in a scratch match! I too need to get out the clubs and polish the rust off the clubs first.

cockswain's avatar

What’s a scratch match? I know what a scratch golfer is. My boss used to be around there, but not anymore. We went out last year, and his first round of the year he shot a 78 like it was nothing.

Cruiser's avatar

@cockswain Playing with no handicap! Straight on swing for swing, putt for putt!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@cockswain -Scratch match is the way I like to play golf and the way it should be played.I do kick some ass out there.
@Cruiser -You mean polish the rust off the cannon you need to reach the green. I would wipe the floor with you.;)

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