BETWEEN THE EARS

What you are thinking, what shape your mind is in, is what makes the biggest difference of all.

—WILLIE MAYS

Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course: the space between your ears.

—BOBBY JONES

Oftentimes an athlete will go into a performance nosedive. In sports psychology, one means of investigating what happened and why is to retrieve the equivalent of the black box and voice recorder.

I slid the video into the slot and pressed the play button. The major league pitcher seated in my office recognized the figure on the big-screen TV—it was himself. As he stood on the mound and delivered a warm-up pitch, then another, the sights, sounds, feelings, and emotions of that unpleasant day began coming back to ...

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