Re: Setting the Tone
I'm channeling my inner Edskin here. Momentum is an interesting thing in sports. It affects athletes in different ways.
If you're on a roll, it's contageous. Confidence breeds playing relaxed. Pressing to get out of a slump causes tension.
The degree to which one is affected is often a reflection of his personality, what's going on in his life on and off the field, and a myriad of other psychological factors.
Can it be measured? No. Can it be observed? Sometimes.
One of the biggest jobs of a manager is to get his team playing loose and confident. The gist of that approach, reduce tension, the great destroyer of timing and physical performance.
So, yes it matters, IMO. How much, impossible to quantify.
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