How the Qball Can Help You Achieve the Perfect Game
“I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my teammate with the same car. And suddenly I realized that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension” Formula One Driver Ayrton Senna
What is flow or being “in the zone”
Have you ever been playing a game and felt totally unbeatable? Every move you make is perfect, you score effortlessly, and the world has ceased to exist beyond the confines of the playing field. This glorified state is what psychologists refer to as “flow”, or you may have commonly heard of it as “being in the zone”. The flow state is defined as being entirely absorbed in an activity in which you feel alert, relaxed, in total control, and are performing to the best of your abilities. While in this state an individual feels as though they are connected to something greater than oneself, and will often lose track of time and external stimuli. In essence, flow is synonymous with an athlete’s peak performance in sports – that rarefied state in which years of hard work and training come to fruition.
How does one achieve this glorified state?
Unfortunately the flow state cannot be entered at will, but requires learning the basics of athletics and years of practice and training in a particular sport. In order for an athlete to achieve the perfect automatic and flowing performance they must put in the groundwork. It is imperative for an athlete to be continually challenging themself with increasingly difficult tasks, while still performing to the best of their abilities. Whether it’s basketball, baseball, tennis or golf, the more time an individual practices and invests, the more likely they will be able to achieve flow and excel in the moments that it matters the most. Certain attributes have been directly correlated to entering the state of flow, including maintaining focus, having a positive mental outlook and a supportive team and coach.
How can the Qball help you achieve flow?
The Qball is a simple, fun tool that can help you achieve the flow state, on and off the field. The Qball trains the core aspects of sports, including hand-eye coordination, speed, reaction times and focus. Mastering all these aspects are essential to achieving the flow state, and are transferable to nearly every sport. A solid rubber reaction ball with an erratic bounce, the Qball is easy and engaging to use, and will assist any individual in performing their best under pressure.
The Qball can also help athletes enter the flow state before an athletic event. The intense focus and concentration that is required while playing wit the Qball can help prime an athlete to enter the state more easily while on the field and get “in the zone”. The fact that athletes perform their best in a specific psychological state evidences the importance that the mind plays in sports. The Qball is unique in that it trains the physical and psychological aspects of sports simultaneously, helping athletes obtain that perfect performance.
For more information on achieving the flow state read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”