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The Young Golfer Coping with Early Achievement rach

September 8th, 2021

This is the third edition in the series of articles that share insights into the most common cases I see in young athletes, and introduce key strategies I teach young golfers and their parents to turn things around and thrive in the journey. In this edition, we start with a case example. This case study […]

Supporting Champions Podcast: Andrea Furst on Change and Uncertainty Dr Andrea Furst

April 10th, 2020

Supporting Champions Podcast by Dr Steve Ingham Steve is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. Listen here.               Description from the podcast: In this episode I talk to Dr Andrea Furst, performance psychologist at Mental Notes. Andrea has had […]

Running Is My Therapy Dr Andrea Furst

February 27th, 2019

As part of the aim to write more regularly it makes sense that reading and sharing the good reads as well as the lessons with you more regularly fits into this category. Running is my therapy by Scott Douglas is one of several books I’ve read recently. I saw it on the shelf in the […]

Don’t Crack Under Pressure: The psychology behind the phenomenon of choking Dr Jay-Lee Nair

July 19th, 2017

Choking under pressure is a phenomenon that every player has experienced but few are willing to explore their personal episodes of choking and analyse the causes of this adverse and costly reaction to perceived pressure. Most players would rather erase such experiences from their mind, and hope it never happens again. But recognising your patterns […]

The #1 Mental Skill you Need to Make it on Tour Dr Jay-Lee Nair

December 20th, 2016

As a psychologist to amateur and professional players, part of my day job involves walking the course analysing their habits and response patterns to situations during tournaments. Caddies would agree that you can see a lot as a quiet observer, the things that player’s themselves under-estimate as the real causes of a great day on […]

The Australian International School gets into the Zone with Mental Notes Mental Notes

December 13th, 2016

The Athlete Development Program (ADP) at the Australian International School (AIS) is one-of-a-kind in Singapore schools, offering student-athletes the opportunity to train and be coached on a path to university scholarships and elite level sport. This semester, the ADP students added a new form of training to their repertoire, making further strides through sport psychology […]

A Behind the Scenes Look at Mentally Preparing for the Olympics Dr Jay-Lee Nair

September 4th, 2016

The mental toughness training athletes undergo before reaching the Olympic stage is not typically well documented or understood. In this article, I will provide a behind the scenes look at the psychological preparation athletes go through before the biggest event in sport. For the past year, I have had the opportunity to work as the […]

The Power of an Hour Dr Jay-Lee Nair

May 20th, 2016

What is it? The power of an hour refers to a study technique for student-athletes that develops discipline in managing common distractions and creates fearsome focus to strengthen your working memory. The benefits 1. Focus & discipline The art of ignoring distractions when studying often comes down to being able to control the compulsive urge to respond to […]

The Path to Greatness Mental Notes

March 27th, 2016

Many golfers have an incredible ability to analyse situations, but many use their analytic skills for evil rather than good. I see this phenomenon over and over again with golfers who come to see me. When they have performed below their potential and shot a high score they can tell me in excruciating detail, shot […]

A Jockey’s Mindset Mental Notes

January 27th, 2016

All sport is a delicate balance of demands that require effort to overcome, and resources, tools that can be used to overcome demands. Horse racing is no different. Jockeys have to stay focused, be fit and strong, make weight, see opportunities, make decisions under pressure and keep trainers and owners happy. This requires perfect physical […]