Mental Strength

Resilience, confidence, coachability


“Given 2 players or teams of equal skill and conditioning, the more mentally tough player or team will win almost EVERY TIME.  We have also seen MANY TIMES more mentally tough teams defeat physically superior, more athletic teams”.  Coach McGannon 


Related Services:  Mental Strength training with Coach McGannon

The mentally toughest game of all:  Golf


Basics has a keen understanding of playing in a mentally tough, capable manner.  Topics we address are extensive–   Confidence, handling difficult circumstances, process goals, dealing with failure AND success, self image, preparation, staying in the present, handling anger/frustration, the conscious mind of the player, trust, limits, mistakes, practice and game habits, fear, commitment, patience, intensity levels, how to preserve energy, the critical nature of routines, self criticism, compassion, pride, visualization, influence.


Athletics (and many other parts of our lives) are made up of 2 primary parts:

  1. The physical side
  2. The mental side


It is astonishing to Basics how many players and even programs devote all or nearly all effort to the physical side of the game. These players and teams are essentially applying a HALF EFFORT to the competition.

  • Beginning players:  behave appropriately, be respectful, always tries hard, positive attitude


  • Intermediate players: maintain composure, positive attitude even under duress, accepts poor play/outcomes and keeps trying, does not hang their head


  • Advanced players: unselfish, coachable, able to stay even keeled, not too high, not too low, accepts outcomes with grace and humility, channels frustration and anger productively, NEVER EVER BLAMES, resilient, understands the strengths AND weaknesses of the opponent, wins and loses with dignity, never demeans an opponent or a team mate


Basics does NOT SUBSCRIBE to the current model of travel, competition and CONSTANT play as youngsters develop in any sport.  We know that emphasizing skills and school and appropriate adult modeling for these kids MUST COME FIRST.  If you are interested in learning the Basics methodology for your program, your school district or your child, you are encouraged to explore the web site, the Pyramid of Skill, or to CALL or EMAIL with any questions.  616 402-1600   Thank you


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