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Bowling Psychology

Bowling Psychology

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    As the leading authority on bowling’s mental game, Dean Hinitz has worked with the premier players, coaches, and teams in the sport. He has helped countless pros elevate their results, avoid slumps, and overcome stressors affecting performance. He has improved their play, and now he’s ready for you.

    In Bowling Psychology, you’ll learn the mental strategies for performing your best, day in and day out. From progressive muscle relaxing techniques to positive self-talk and focus cues, you will pick up spares more consistently, improve accuracy, and overcome anxieties.

    In addition to a foreword written by 2015 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Bowling Psychology features insights, advice, and anecdotes from bowling’s best:

    Kim Terrell-Kearney
    Diandra Asbaty
    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
    Rick Steelsmith
    Bill O’Neill
    Mike Fagan
    Gordon Vadakin
    Jeri Edwards
    Bob Learn, Jr.
    Amleto Monicelli
    Fred Borden
    LeAnne Hulsenberg
    Del Warren
    Del Ballard, Jr.
    Rod Ross
    Tommy Jones, Jr.
    Jason Couch

    Manage pressure, find your focus, and reach your potential. With detailed information on topics including mindfulness training, sensory awareness, and the mind–body connection, Bowling Psychology is your all-in-one toolbox for mental mastery of the lanes.


    Primary audience is intermediate to advanced bowlers and bowling instructors and coaches. To a lesser degree, sport psychologists and college activities courses.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword by Jason Belmonte
    Introduction: The Road to Championship Play
    Chapter 1 Goal Setting and Self-Assessment
    Chapter 2 Thinking Like a Champion
    Chapter 3 Establishing Your Preshot Routine
    Chapter 4 The Shot Cycle: One Shot for the Money
    Chapter 5 Toughness to Overcome Adversity
    Chapter 6 Mental Secrets to Making Spares
    Chapter 7 Raising Peaks and Filling Valleys
    Chapter 8 Team Building
    Chapter 9 Coaching and Raising a Champion
    Chapter 10 Putting It All Together to Play Boldly
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Dean Hinitz, PhD, has been practicing sport psychology for more than 30 years. He is the sport psychologist for the U.S. bowling team, with facilities at the International Training and Research Center at USBC headquarters in Arlington, Texas, previously training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He is the lead mental game consultant in revising the curriculum for the United States Bowling Congress Gold Coaching Program.

    Hinitz has been the consulting sport psychologist for esteemed bowling programs at Wichita State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Robert Morris University, and Webber International University—all of which have won national championships. He is the consulting psychologist for the Trevino Golf Institute and has consulted to the gymnastics team at the University of Minnesota as well as to the men’s basketball and baseball teams and the women’s volleyball and basketball teams at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is also a consultant to the athletic department at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

    Hinitz has worked with numerous champions on the men’s and women’s pro bowling tours as well as with many amateur champions. For more than 10 years, he was a staff writer for Bowling This Month. He is considered by many to be the leading authority worldwide on the mental game of bowling.

    Hinitz earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Nevada at Reno, where he is an adjunct professor. He is a former governor’s appointee to the Nevada State Board of Psychological Examiners and was previously the chief of psychology at West Hills Hospital in Reno. Hinitz maintains a private practice in Reno.


    Bowling Psychology is for those who want to take their game to the next level. I have known Dean for many years, and I have steadfastly used his mental-training techniques with my collegiate bowlers to achieve championship results. I recommend this book to any bowler who is looking to gain a mental edge at any level of competition.”

    Gordon Vadakin-- Head Bowling Coach, Shocker Bowling, Wichita State University

    “For many years, Dr. Hinitz gave my teams tremendous support and advice on improving our mental game. I truly believe that without his guidance my bowling team at UMES would not have achieved the success we had. He has also been instrumental in assisting teams at Georgetown University. Having the mental edge is what sets top bowlers apart from the rest, and Bowling Psychology provides competitive bowlers with mind-game strategies to excel on the lanes.”

    Sharon Brummell-- Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business and Finance, Georgetown University, Former Head Coach, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Three-Time NCAA National Champions, USBC National Champions