The Inner Game of Tennis Revisited (Notes)

I have written about The Inner Game of Tennis before many times. It keeps coming up in articles I’m reading and in conversations with athletes. I am repeatedly surprised by who has not read it, as well as who has and who reads it on repeat. I’m revisiting it for myself, but am including some […]

Mental Representations

I just read a great New Yorker piece on Tony Romo’s talent as a color commentator.  It’s well worth your time.  The in-depth look at Romo’s ability to predict what’s next in a game reminds me of the great insight in the book Peak by Anders Ericsson about the importance of mental representations in athletic […]

Leadership on the Court

Sports Illustrated named The Golden State Warriors their “Sports Person of the Year.” The article details a dynasty being built around strong leadership on the court and an equally strong culture that binds the coach and front office. Stephen Curry’s leadership on the court is highlighted: Curry is the anomaly: a skinny point guard who […]

Focus, Language and Performance

In a new post on the USA Volleyball site John Kessel presents a big change in his teaching and feedback. He is adjusting to an external focus when teaching skill to his athletes. What does this mean? Based on the work of Gabrielle Wulf, the author of a textbook Attention and Motor Skill Learning,¬† Kessel¬† […]