“Confidence is the strength of the belief in your ability to execute.”
Confidence affects performance by reducing…
- Poor confidence results in poor accuracy and consistency as the performer is more negative about their chances of winning and this reduces their success.
- High anxiety will lead to ineffective performance.
- Players low in confidence give up more easily.
- Parts of the technique which are weaknesses will be repeated when there is a lack of confidence causing the shot to be inefficient and inaccurate.
- Limited confidence means that you might avoid some shots; this reduces the range of shots available and makes you easier to ‘read’.
- Reduced confidence may also affect decision making if performer decides to take ‘easy way out’.
- Little confidence may mean a player will try less to win the point and is less likely to take calculated risks to do so.
Strategies to improve confidence during practice are:
Positive Self-Talk This is when a performer talks positively during practice to eradicate a weakness identified in the game.
Visualisation This allows the body to become familiar with the sensory response of the muscles and nerves which take place in the real situation. This imaginary exercise helps reduce anxiety and improve confidence while replicating the emotional game conditions
Goal-Setting To improve confidence reduce the product goal, so there some success.