Mental Performance

Answer each question by clicking the radio button - Summeries for each area of mental performance are shown This test has been taken from p232 - The Squash Workshop - McKenzie, I. The supporting text reads as follows:

Knowing the strengths and weaknesses in your squash personality and mental abilities will help you recognise and take control of them. These are the factors that affect your squash performance.

Mental performance is not something that's totally outside of your control. You can improve it.

How do you rate? The questionnaire below is not the definative work in squash psycology; rather, it is a method to get you thinking about your mental performance in specific areas. Try it.

The Will to Win Almost Never Sometimes Often Almost Always
Is winning the main reason for playing?
Do you have long-term goals?
Do you have dreams of success?
Do you hate losing?
Do you get satisfaction from winning?
Do you keep trying even when you are well down?
Concentration Almost Never Sometimes Often Almost Always
Does your mind wander?
Do you dwell on past mistakes?
Do you get distracted by bad decisions?
Do you get distracted by people on the balcony?
Are you easily distracted by environmental problems - eg. poor lighting?
Do you find yourself thinking of other things not related to the match?
Frustration Tolerance Almost Never Sometimes Often Almost Always
Do you argue with the referee?
Do you get frustrated on court?
Do you get annoyed with yourself?
Do you get annoyed with your opponent?
Do you get annoyed with the referee?
Do you behave badly on court?
Anxiety Proneness Almost Never Sometimes Often Almost Always
Do you feel that you are more tense than you should be in a match?
Do you worry about the match before your play?
Do you show signs of nevousness - racing heart, palpitations, butterflies or nausea?
Do you feel confused?
Are you on edge when you play?
Decision-Making Almost Never Sometimes Often Almost Always
Do you vary your game according to your opponent's strengths and weaknesses?
Do you analyze your opponent's game during the warm-up?
Do you pick the right time to attack and the right time to defend?
Are you decisive on court?
Are you quick to spot a tactical advantage?
Do you vary your game according to court conditions?
Overall Mental Performance