Shooting Free Throws is an agonist-antagonist muscle phenomenon. Basketball player’s mind set must be such, that the agonist muscle groups are free to glide smoothly through their Free Throw Shooting memory synchronies, unimpeded by the antagonist muscles. Basketball players must want to practice and have the correct mind set for shooting Free Throws.
The importance of winning sports psychology can be gained from the genius book, Vic Braden’s Tennis for the Future (1977). More recently, Braden’s Mental Tennis: How to Psych Yourself to a Winning Game (1996), shows that your mind can be the single best tool to reconstruct your game and offers instruction on the “how to.”
Attention Coaches, the Vic Braden mental sports psychology way is very effective. Try it you might like it.
“In his breakthrough book, Vic Braden demonstrates how to improve your physical performance dramatically and develop a winning mental attitude – both on the court and off. Vic Braden is America’s favorite tennis coach, recognized and respected by professionals and amateurs alike. In addition to being a licensed psychologist, he has been a major force in tennis – as a player and a teacher – since the early 1960s. In Mental Tennis, he draws upon his unique background and years of personal research – tested on thousands of his students – along with the latest technical and statistical information, and shows you how to maximize the potential of your mind to achieve peak playing skills, while boosting your confidence and enjoyment of the game.”
“With his characteristic humor and charm, and using entertaining and instructive examples of famous players and matches, Vic Braden identifies common problems that can undermine your performance on the court, and explores their causes. He provides important psychological insights, and expert advice on how to overcome mental obstacles – such as self-doubt; lack of focus; guilt about winning; the stress that stems from a fear of losing, being humiliated, or letting down your doubles partner – and challenges you to set realistic and healthy goals for improvement.”
“In addition to methods for long-term progress and fundamental behavior modification, Vic Braden’s Mental Tennis also provides quick triggers for immediate results; effective strategies to reverse years of bad habits; and tips on how to psych out your opponent, how to perform well under pressure, and how to maintain concentration and tune out external distractions.” [Book review, amazon.com]