How to have more confidence on the pitch

Peak performance on the hockey pitch is all about confidence. Yet every player at some stage will be struck with self-doubt and negative thoughts. So what’s the best way to deal with any nagging doubts in your head and keep your game strong?

One study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology (click here forĀ Scientific study) came to the surprising conclusion that squeezing a ball in your left hand, or even clenching your left hand into a fist, can help right-handed players improve performance.

The theory is that when you feel stressed or worried about your performance you overthink and, in turn, over ride automatic play which you have probably drilled many times before. Squeezing the left hand, activates the right side of the brain which is the seat of automated behaviour.