Thinking and Personality Traits of Champions – The Top Eight
There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. -Derek Jeter, five-time baseball World Series champion. The following list might be considered eight of the top traits for winning personalities.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in. -Napoleon. Spare shooting is an area in which it’s difficult to distinguish between mental and physical aspects of the game.
From the pro level to the extreme amateur, keep it simple. It’s still the same game that you knew it was when you got up there. -Bill O’Neill, seven-time PBA champion, U.S. Open champion, international gold medalist, three-time collegiate player of the year
Dean Hinitz gives serious bowlers the mental tools for performing at
their best. Bowling Psychology features the latest mental training
concepts including mindfulness training, sensory awareness, and
mind–body connection as well as insightful interviews from top
bowlers—many of whom are clients of the author.
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As the leading authority on bowling’s mental game, Dean Hinitz has worked with the premier players, coaches, and teams in the sport. He has helped countless pros elevate their results, avoid slumps, and overcome stressors affecting performance. He has improved their play, and now he’s ready for you.
In Bowling Psychology, you’ll learn the mental strategies for performing your best, day in and day out. From progressive muscle relaxing techniques to positive self-talk and focus cues, you will pick up spares more consistently, improve accuracy, and overcome anxieties.
In addition to a foreword written by 2015 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Bowling Psychology features insights, advice, and anecdotes from bowling’s best:
Bob Learn, Jr.
Del Ballard, Jr.
Tommy Jones, Jr.
Manage pressure, find your focus, and reach your potential. With detailed information on topics including mindfulness training, sensory awareness, and the mind–body connection, Bowling Psychology is your all-in-one toolbox for mental mastery of the lanes.
Foreword by Jason Belmonte
Introduction: The Road to Championship Play
Chapter 1 Goal Setting and Self-Assessment
Chapter 2 Thinking Like a Champion
Chapter 3 Establishing Your Preshot Routine
Chapter 4 The Shot Cycle: One Shot for the Money
Chapter 5 Toughness to Overcome Adversity
Chapter 6 Mental Secrets to Making Spares
Chapter 7 Raising Peaks and Filling Valleys
Chapter 8 Team Building
Chapter 9 Coaching and Raising a Champion
Chapter 10 Putting It All Together to Play Boldly
About the Author
Primary audience is intermediate to advanced bowlers and bowling
instructors and coaches. To a lesser degree, sport psychologists and
college activities courses.
Dean Hinitz, PhD, has been practicing sport psychology for more
than 30 years. He is the sport psychologist for the U.S. bowling team,
with facilities at the International Training and Research Center at
USBC headquarters in Arlington, Texas, previously training at the United
States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He is the lead
mental game consultant in revising the curriculum for the United States
Bowling Congress Gold Coaching Program.
Hinitz has been the consulting sport psychologist for esteemed bowling
programs at Wichita State University, University of Maryland Eastern
Shore, Robert Morris University, and Webber International University—all
of which have won national championships. He is the consulting
psychologist for the Trevino Golf Institute and has consulted to the
gymnastics team at the University of Minnesota as well as to the men’s
basketball and baseball teams and the women’s volleyball and basketball
teams at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is also a
consultant to the athletic department at Georgetown University in
Hinitz has worked with numerous champions on the men’s and women’s pro
bowling tours as well as with many amateur champions. For more than 10
years, he was a staff writer for Bowling This Month. He is
considered by many to be the leading authority worldwide on the mental
game of bowling.
Hinitz earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Nevada at
Reno, where he is an adjunct professor. He is a former governor’s
appointee to the Nevada State Board of Psychological Examiners and was
previously the chief of psychology at West Hills Hospital in Reno.
Hinitz maintains a private practice in Reno.
“Bowling Psychology is for those who want to take their
game to the next level. I have known Dean for many years, and I have
steadfastly used his mental-training techniques with my collegiate
bowlers to achieve championship results. I recommend this book to any
bowler who is looking to gain a mental edge at any level of competition.”
Gordon Vadakin-- Head Bowling Coach, Shocker Bowling, Wichita
“For many years, Dr. Hinitz gave my teams tremendous support and
advice on improving our mental game. I truly believe that without his
guidance my bowling team at UMES would not have achieved the success we
had. He has also been instrumental in assisting teams at Georgetown
University. Having the mental edge is what sets top bowlers apart from
the rest, and Bowling Psychology provides competitive bowlers
with mind-game strategies to excel on the lanes.”
Sharon Brummell-- Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business
and Finance, Georgetown University, Former Head Coach, University of
Maryland Eastern Shore, Three-Time NCAA National Champions, USBC