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Welcome to the September 2014 edition titled ‘Mental Toughness’ provided by internationally renowned coach, Lachlan Tighe. Find out more about Lachlan and his coaching achievements here.

What is mental toughness?

An expression we hear in all sport and again in our sport. Selectors or critics of bowlers will often pass judgement on a player saying they lack ….mental toughness. Asked what that means and there is no sensible response.
Well, what is mental toughness?
My reading and application of mental toughness is your capacity to remain in control of what you can control
NOT the score
The result
The opposition
Or external factors (green, wind, bowl)
BUT it is any or all of these
Emotional reactions you have to distractions, unwarranted outcomes
Recall of your intense and relevant training in preparation for this event
Rehearsal of actual situations you now come across
Self talk
Pride & appearance (perception of self)
Personal responsibility
The process to execute, to compete

You do many of these and you are mentally tough.

P.S….my book “Winning becomes you, in lawn bowls’ is now available. If interested in purchase, contact me direct on email l.a.tighe@bigpond.com or check the Henselite website for details of availability. Or refer to my own website www.lachlantighebowls.com

Lachlan Tighe, Sept 2014



August 2014 - Going, Going...Gone

July 2014 - Masterclass Coaching

June 2014 - Missing Opportunities

May 2014 - We Don't Need Coaches

April 2014 - Five Years On

March 2014 - Winners Win with Leadership

February 2014 - Keeping Your Cool

January 2014 - Player Self Appraisal


December 2013 - Skill Intensity Program

November 2013 - Singles Serve

October 2013 - Weight Control Delivery

September 2013 - Team Cohesion, Selection

August 2013 - Knowing the Options

July 2013 - Coaching is Communication

June 2013 - Warriors

May 2013 - World Champions Reactions

April 2013 - Singles Tactics

March 2013 - Winning Pennant Finals

February 2013 - Training to win

January 2013 - ...Finally, Selectors


December 2012 - Deliberate Practice

November 2012 - Weight Control Delivery Discipline

October 2012 - Using the Second in a Fours Team

September 2012 - Pennant Team Pep Talk

August 2012 - Skill Audit

July 2012 - Skill Audit

June 2012 - Teamwork

May 2012 - One percenters

April 2012 - Trust

March 2012 - Lessons Learnt

February 2012 - Stop watch decisions workshop

January 2012 - Lessons learnt from attending the BA Hall of Fame Inaugural Award Night


October 2011 - Positivity, Self Belief, Mental Toughness

August/Septemeber 2011 - Alert

April 2011 - Sensory Awareness

March 2011 - Attitude in Teams


December 2010 - Caterpillar Program

November - Decision Options

October - Lachlan was in Dehli for the Commonwealth Games

September - Slow Green Drill

August - Decisions to Make

July - The Summit - Player Awareness

June - Pressure

May - Mastering the Yard On Shot

April - Consistency

March - Lessons Learnt 

February - Mind Games


December - Tactical Skill Decisions

November - What Bowlers Need to Succeed

October - A Winner's Menu

September - Training Skills for Thirds and Skips

August - Training Skills for Leads and Seconds

July - Attributes of Elite Bowlers

June - Goals

May - Tactical Skill

April - Pre-Delivery Routine