My recent Locker Room Power presentation at David Lloyd Leisure York brought some interesting information to light. The Mental Toughness Questionnaire (MTQ) demonstrated that being a great player does not require mental toughness. Something I have experienced numerous times during my 17 years of coaching.
A player who is a fairly inexperienced (an improver), has self-belief far beyond their ability. Often, successful business people, with limited playing competency, fall into this category. You wonder to which degree the self-belief (transferred onto the tennis arena) was inherited or gained through life experiences.
The MTQ delivered wide ranging scores but I was pleased to see that although room for improvement, most players fared positively. You can have confidence, self-belief, ability to focus under pressure and commitment without having lots of technical skills. Of course, having the technical skills will help you to win more matches, which in turn will boost your self-belief.
Next stop is David Lloyd Hull on the 1st of May 2019 and then on to David Lloyd Leeds 15th May 2019.