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Who Will Win the Big Game? 50 Championship Characteristics - A Psychological & Mathematical Method for Identifying Winning Players, Teams & Coaches Paperback – January 10, 2010
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Granat, a psychotherapist, and Chin, a specialist in quantitative and alternative investment strategies, combine their diverse backgrounds to come up with such conclusions as the following:
* Our statistical and factor analysis uncovered a number of key factors related to sport psychology and winning the World Series. Most notable of these factors include: fielding percentages, leadership (in the form of starting pitchers), consistency (in the form of batting average), and "big game experience." Combining these factors has predicted 15 of 16 (93.8%) World Series winners.
* For pro golfers, birdie information is slightly more useful (in particular, birdie rate or birdies per round) in predicting success. For more mortal golfers, bogey rates (bogeys per round) are crucial. Either way, birdie and bogey data proved to be very similar. That is, the ability to avoid bogeys-and ultimately bad rounds-is what leads to championships and golf titles.
The authors then attempt to show how this information can be applied on the field:
* We cannot underestimate the importance of focus and concentration at key moments in sports--and indeed, in life. Athletes may not be able to "get psyched up" all the time--but it is important to practice this "skill" so that you are able to raise your game to the "next level" as the stakes get higher (for instance, championships!) and especially during key moments in a match.Read more ›
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