October 1, 2004, Newsletter Issue #182: MENTAL IS TO PHYSICAL AS 5 IS TO 1

Tip of the Week

The tough thing about mental/visual training is you never really know if the players are seriously doing it without getting some type of feedback. Visualization for example is apparently effective, but if you tell a player to do it - do they really? A Dr. Harrison lists Reggie Miller among clients (coincidentally the only hoopster on a list of a bundle of baseball guys). He has a system of soft/fine focus vision training that looks interesting and offers feedback that I`ve yet to try.

I firmly believe that the best shooters(given a proper release) are the ones who can really zero in on a specific point on the rim. For years I`ve been suggesting that as players walk around the gym to quickly glance at the rim and sight their target spot (front of the rim - I think). I gotta believe that will help - but do players really do it?

We have a 3x5 "cheat sheet" with play calls and brief descriptions that we pass out at the beginning of every bus ride. We suggest that players "visualize" themself executing the play and concentrate on the positioning and timing of the other 9 players on the floor. All visualization should end in a positive result.

About LifeTips

Now one of the top on-line publishers in the world, LifeTips offers tips to millions of monthly visitors. Our mission mission is to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. Expert writers earn dough for what they know. And exclusive sponsors in each niche topic help us make-it-all happen.

Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Basketball Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!

Guru Spotlight
Ray Lokar