that Impressed by a player's ability to bring off a very difficult shot past the distractions of another ball nearby and the peg looming in front of Hoop 12, I asked her later how she did it. She replied, "I say to myself 'You've got a good eye' and that settles me."
This has led me to wonder what words, phrases, mantras or whatever do other people use to help settle themselves? As your turn comes up, or before you prepare your actual stroke? After a shot that hasn't worked? In a tricky situation? Maybe even before a big match starts?
Here are three great ones I have heard already:
"The mallet and the balls have no memory."
"Focus on your next shot. That's all there is."
"Just do your routine, every time, without fail."
If you are happy to share your own favourite, please add them to the comments below.