Become a Supreme Basketball Player - with Mental Training
The mind is now a massive factor in basketball at the elite level, just as important as flawless passes, intercepts, shooting and speed - because it controls everything you do on court.
Basketball Players Who Perform Better Under Pressure are Mentally Tough. This Makes an Enormous Difference On Court.
Working at the mental level with players showed me that advanced basketball allows little time for conscious thought, during the heat of a game - as so many thoughts and actions are performed via auto-pilot, muscle-memory and experience.
Great players know the their talent and on-court magic comes instinctively - from deep inside - because the subconscious controls everything they do on court.
When your mind is working for you, its all there, instinctively - belief, confidence, consistency, focus, and sharper on-court skills - brilliant passing, intercepts, shooting, intuitive rapid movement, anticipation, etc.
This is where all the magic come from. Regardless of the position you play, what day it is, the venue you are at, the team you are playing - your subconscious controls it all. This is why looking into developing your mind skills is a massive new way to not only improve - but improve fast.
Accessing Peak Performance on Court
There are times on court when you feel you simply cant do a thing wrong - everything works for you. This is when your mind has clicked into "The Zone" - the optimum mental state for basketball performance.
When you are in the zone, everything on court flows instinctively - everything you try comes off, you feel like you "cannot miss".
You become high voltage, pure electricity on court - transforming into the best possible version of yourself on court. In this mental state, the more pressure you are under, the better you become. You become a turbo-charged warrior on court, with explosive acceleration, unstoppable aggression, and often displaying levels of skill higher than any previous performances.
This is a time when your movements become stronger, faster, more automatic, energized, creative, confident and accurate, often with automatic free throws, incredible block rate, and scoring on all opposing players, regardless of their size and athleticism.
One of the most powerful ways of accessing your body's 'control center' is using visualization. This involves regularly and realistically picturing in your mind the exact way you want to perform on court. When used correctly, visualization has consistently shown to bring major improvement to any area of on-court performance.
Steph Curry used visualization his entire playing life - from the age of 2 he played playing imaginary mental games about being a champion - including his grandmother actually playing the role of commentator.
By the time he was ready to play - his mind was primed and ready to go.
Scientific Testing of Mental Training
Visualization was even scientifically tested on basketballers at the University of Chicago. In the study, players were tested on their free-throw ability, and then randomly placed in one of three groups. The first group practiced shooting free throws for an hour each day.
The second group visualized shooting free throws daily (no actual physical practice at all), while the third group didn’t practice at all. After 30 days, all three groups took another free throw skill test - the players in the group that had practiced daily improved by 24 percent.
The players in the group that hadn’t practiced, did not improve. But the third group those who had only 'visualized' their training, improved by 23 percent - virtually as much as those who had physically practiced!
Needless to say, by using visualization AND practicing, at the same time - improvement is extremely rapid.
There are very few elite players in the world who are not using mental training.
So when you add mental training to your physical training using powerful techniques like visualization - it helps you to break through the barriers and move to the next level.
The only sure way to ensure ongoing and consistent, day-in day-out success on court is to train at your body'control-center', your subconscious mind.