Our research with athletes suggests there may be two zones: an effortless ‘flow state’ and a more purposeful ‘clutch state’. Here’s how to decide which zone you need to be in — and how to get there.
For 30 years, sports fans have been told to forget about streaks because the ‘hot hand’ is a fallacy. But a reanalysis says not so fast: Statistics show players really are in the zone sometimes.
The psychological states athletes experience – temporary, brief, subjective experiences that happen during exceptional performance – are often collectively described as “the zone”.