Ninety Percent Mental
AN ALL-STAR PLAYER TURNED MENTAL SKILLS COACH REVEALS THE HIDDEN GAME OF BASEBALL
I was drawn to Ninety Percent Mental for its baseball roots and quickly discovered it was more than just a unique perspective on the game. I realized Bob Tewksbury’s unique perspective on building and utilizing mental skills and techniques such as imagery, self-awareness and strategic thinking can be used for dealing with everyday pressure, anxiety and change. I recommend this book for baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike who like a good anecdote while also building their own mental skills toolbox.
Justin Huard – Baseball Fan and Discovery Research Scientist
Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball
REVIEWED BY JOHN NEWLIN / NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
“this book should become a fixture in the library of any baseball player or coach.”
Bob “Tewks” Tewksbury logged 13 seasons playing professional baseball, threw almost 3,000 innings, retired while still a serviceable hurler, dabbled briefly in broadcasting and televising sports, earned a degree in sports psychology, and then began a second career as a mental skills coach.
Book Review: Ninety Percent Mental Provides Insights For Baseball And Beyond
BY KYLE GLASER / BASEBALL AMERICA
In the age of big velocity and Statcast and spin rates, there is a tendency to overlook the fact that baseball is still a game played by humans, with nerves and anxieties and insecurities that affect performance and sink careers.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“On our way back to IL from ATL we listened to 90%. I saw Will pull out his phone and start taking notes. He then began to hit the pause button to finish his note as not to miss anything that was to come. I asked him what were some things that he got from his first run with this book. He said the “Little Man”, the “Stop Sign”, “Breathe”, and “Anchor Statements; specifically the Boat & Anchor analogy”. Mr. Tewks is doing incredible work and I saw it with my son Will. It has been the single best development piece of Will’s 14U season.”
“Tewks talked about different things as far as the mental side of the game, and building that relationship with him I had a trust where I could go and bounce things off of him. He’s a no BS guy. I knew he wouldn’t pussyfoot around with me. I knew if I asked him a question, he would give me an honest answer, both on the pitching side and on the mental side. I knew I would get that from him.”
“He tells you what he sees, and he calls you out on things. He makes you better as a player as you go along. The biggest thing I’ve found is that if a player continues to seek advice, seek help, there are people who can help that player get the most out of his potential on the baseball field.”
“I’ve worked with other people, but the stuff we put in place in Boston is what I’m still using today,” Miller says. “It’s a very important part of my success, or turnaround. It’s something I take very seriously and I think it’s had a big impact on my pitching.”
“Having worked with Tewks as a player as well as a coach, I’ve been lucky enough to see firsthand how much he can impact individuals and teams. He has been invaluable to me personally throughout my career, as well as our baseball team at Boston College.”
Inviting Bob to Novo Nordisk to share his unique perspective on building and utilizing mental skills to deal with failure, pressure, negativity and anxiety was a great fit for our group. His techniques and skills are applicable in any field or walk of life for which my group is better for after spending a day with Bob. I highly recommend Bob if you are looking for a presenter to inspire and teach your group.