My Books

Here are some of the books I have published over the past five years.

Single-Case Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Many sport and exercise researchers have, and continue to address research questions using large representative samples of participants. Although appropriate at times, theses designs often lack external validity, creating a substantial challenge for the researcher to fill the science-versus-practice gap. Single-case research designs are an appropriate and powerful method to fill this gap and ensure the generalisability of these findings. For over thirty years, sport and exercise practitioners have been encouraged to move their research from the laboratory to the football pitch, running track and tennis court to examine changes in behaviour. This practice evolved slowly; however, its development provides direction for future directions in sport and exercise. See here about this book

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Becoming a Sport Psychologist

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Sport psychology is a competitive profession with rigorous and demanding entry routes in terms of education, training and accreditation. Once qualified, the sport psychology practitioner will face complex, day-to-day professional challenges of the kind not always covered in conventional sport psychology textbooks. Becoming a Sport Psychologist is the first book to reveal the reality of working in sport psychology through the personal perspectives and narratives of some of the world's leading sport psychologists, top professionals with many years experience of working at every level of sport, from amateur to elite, in consulting and support roles, and in sport psychology research. With each chapter focusing on a key issue or issues in professional practice, each contributing psychologist discusses their own education,…

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Psychology Express: Sport Psychology (Undergraduate Revision Guide)

Wednesday 5th October 2016

The Psychology Express undergraduate revision guide series will help you to understand key concepts quickly, revise effectively and make sure your answers stand out. It will help you to prepare for exams and coursework using sample questions and assessment advice; maximise your marks and approach exams with confidence; quickly grasp key research, critical issues and practical applications; use the subject-specific companion website to test your knowledge, try out sample questions and view guided answers, and keep up to date with the latest study advice. See more about this book

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A Round In My Mind: The Golfer and The Sport Psychologist on The Jubilee Course at St. Andrews

Wednesday 5th October 2016

In this unique book on golf improvement, follow the fictional account of Chris Marriott, a 4-handicap golfer, as he plays a round of golf on the Jubilee Course at St Andrews - accompanied by a sport psychologist, James MacAndrew. As each hole presents its challenges, Chris and James discuss their experiences of golf and Chris begins to understand what is holding him back from shooting lower scores and, equally importantly, better enjoying his golf!. Written by real-life sport psychologists Paul McCarthy and Mark Wilson, the book covers themes such as emotional control, decision-making, ego versus ability, removing self-imposed limitations, and controlling processes better. By the end of the book, readers will understand how to challenge and address the issues in…

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The Successful Golfer: Practical Fixes for the Mental Game of Golf

Wednesday 5th October 2016

The Successful Golfer is a golf psychology book designed to help address 50 of the most common faults that players experience; faults which hold you back. These include: hitting the self-destruct button when winning, nervousness on the first tee, lost confidence, failing to practise as you play, losing focus off poor drives, and many more. Each fault is remedied with a clear practical fix. You will learn to develop effective practice plans, build a dependable pre-shot routine, cope with the pressures of competitive golf, and deal with distractions.In the second part of the book, lessons from 30 fascinating research studies on golf are presented to help keep you ahead of the field. They include research on putting, practice, choking, and…

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PreShot Tune-Up

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Part of the '20 Minute Golf Tune-Up' series, this book is designed to get golfers consistently shooting lower scores. This Pre-Shot book looks at what golfers can do before they get onto the course (goal-setting, self-reflection, imagery) and when playing (the crucial pre-shot routine itself). Effective pre-shot routines (as well as post-shot, and post-mistake routines) enable golfers to play their best golf when it matters most. Implementing the techniques listed in this book will help provide effective preparation, and a structure that leads to increased focus, better practice, smoother actions, and a heightened control of distractions. This book and the techniques within - in the space of a 20-minute read - will help identify and cement your pre-shot activities and routines,…

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Concentration Tune-Up

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Part of the '20 Minute Golf Tune-Up' series, this book is designed to help golfers overcome their nerves and boost their concentration levels. Through the examination of commonly experienced scenarios, readers will soon be playing better, more effective golf. Sections include what to do when: ...you can't seem to concentrate when you have made a mistake ...you often end up short of the green when you know you should hit the green ...you can't stop thinking about the score during the game ...even the slightest noise interrupts your concentration ...you can't seem to relax the night before a big tournament ...you feel so nervous on the morning of a tournament and you don't know what to do ...you can't manage your anger after a bad shot …

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Putting Tune-Up

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Part of the '20 Minute Golf Tune-Up' series, this book is designed to help golfers tackle problems and issues with putting. For putting to be most effective, a golfer's action needs to be as smooth and unconscious as possible. Sections include what to do when: ...you have a three-foot putt, but often miss them but think you should score easily ...you often end up three-putting when I have a great chance of a birdie ...you can't putt well when you are nervous ...you putt but always seem to leave the ball short of the hole ...short putts are your Achilles heel ...you have a great fear of three putting * Other titles in the 20 Minute Golf Tune-Up series: - 20 Minute Golf Tune-Up: Practising On The…

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Confidence Tune-Up

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Part of the '20 Minute Golf Tune-Up' series, this book is designed to get golfers shooting lower scores quickly. Confidence is our belief in our ability to succeed in our challenges. Golf presents many challenges, and golfers who win the most are usually the most confident. Confident golfers improve their performances, score better, and enjoy the game more. Golfers who lack confidence score poorly, worry more, and fear the game of golf. But because confidence is a belief, we can learn to change it and learn to be confident. When you invest your time to be a confident golfer, the returns keep coming back to you. This book and the techniques within - in the space of a 20-minute read -…

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Overcoming Mistakes and Frustration

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Ruminating on errors and letting annoyances take hold are sure-fire ways of imploding on a round. Part of the '20 Minute Golf Tune-Up' series, this book is designed to help golfers tackle the insidious effects that mistakes and frustration can have on performance. Through the examination of commonly experienced scenarios, readers will soon be playing better, more effective golf. Sections include what to do when: ...you give yourself a really hard time if you don't hit a perfect shot every time ...you can't seem to control your emotions when you get angry ...you feel frustrated when you don't play to your expectations ...you feel frustrated when you do not chip well ...you lose motivation to train if you don't do well in a game at…

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