Advanced Mental Training to Maximise your Success

Glenn Eller

“Henry Hopking’s training taught me a powerful mental routine and gave me the knowledge to understand how to control my brain states.  It is like a having a reset button I can use whenever I need to boost my concentration or control my nerves.  Thank you Henry for helping me to win Gold!”

The Guardian

“Henry Hopking, a bronze medal winner in the world speed-reading championships, was in 2002 awarded the title of ‘second most creative mind on the planet’.  In the same year, he helped sporting clients to secure more than 10 major sports titles.”

Financial Times

“Henry Hopking is one of the world’s leading sports trainers.”

Dominic O’Brien

“If you want to maximise your intellectual and physical efficiency then Henry Hopking is your man. Henry knows more about liberating mental excellence in individuals than anyone else I know.”

Sporting Clays: Pre-Dubai mental coaching

Desert Shooting - Copyright Henry Hopking
Nad Al Sheba, Dubai – 2014

Would you like to make 2015 your best season yet in Sporting Clays?

Are you going to the Nad Al Sheba Desert Shooting Competition in Dubai?

Would you like stronger and more consistent mental focus?



Does your mental game let you down, costing targets?  Would you like to have stronger and more consistent mental focus? In early February I will be visiting South Florida Shooting Club offering limited places for private coaching.  There will be two formats available

1) “Get The Mental Edge” – the massively successful mental coaching programme which helps create Champions.  This is an intensive and longer term coaching programme, working with you through the season.  This is the programme which has created the headline results. If you are serious about taking your game to the next level, this is the programme for you.

South Florida Shooting Club
South Florida Shooting Club

2) “Dubai – the mental game” – This is a special programme for those competing in Dubai later in February or those perhaps not yet ready for the full programme, but need a little extra strength in their mental game.

If you’re travelling all the way to Dubai, you want to perform as well as possible!

This is a one day crash course giving you a mental structure to keep your head strong when under pressure in the desert of Dubai. The emphasis is on structure of a pre-shot suitable for the simultaneous pair presentations.  Also, competition management of the event – managing mental focus for 50 targets / day across four days.  This is a new and unique programme.

This can be taken as a 1:1 day as per our other training or if you are travelling with a friend, there is a package for two people.

Please contact me for more information. Places will be very limited.


3 Breathtaking Things to Know About Your Brain and Memory

Author – Marc Green


Read those values.

Have you ever been in a situation where you question what you ate for dinner last night, and literally cannot recall? After minutes of pondering, sometimes it may click, whereas other times a friend or family member may have to remind you of the food you ate, or you have to think of something which symbolizes the food. For example, maybe you ate roast lamb (sorry vegans!) and see a lamb on television which triggers your memory of you eating lamb – only if, for whatever reason, you were actually trying to remember what you ate for dinner last night. On the other hand, maybe you just list all the different foods you typically eat and pinpoint the one which you ate last night – or you have adapted to a certain eating pattern that it’s just second nature for you to know what you ate for dinner last night, which, to be honest, is kind of boring; where’s your sense of adventure?! 

Now, let me ask you another question. At what point did you suddenly forget what you ate for dinner? Was it minutes after eating it? Did the memory slowly begin to vanish, or was it sudden? Or do you simply not know, or even care? Maybe you just need to eat something better. Just kidding … but seriously. 

Memories of something trivial, such as that poor, innocent lamb you ate for dinner last night is a part of the visual memory. This type of memory largely impacts the daily life of a typical person. It performs simple tasks such as allowing us to remember the face of someone, remembering where you last placed your wallet (or purse), and most importantly: remembering where your phone (and keys, for that matter) was last placed. As you can see, our visual memory is terrible. Okay – so maybe that isn’t true. Without the ability to visually remember things (or an adequate comprehension), wouldn’t we just be blind humans with working eyes? Imagine walking past a stranger, and instantly forgetting their face, gender, etc. That is, of course, providing no interaction was present whatsoever.

So, now you may be asking yourself, “Well, what about blind people?” which is a very good question. Blind people are far superior with memory than those who aren’t blind, which may be surprising to some of you (or not). As blind people have no visual input, this is their brain’s way of making up for their lack of visual perception. They are able to remember words far better than most people, with less ‘false’ memories. They remember in other ways, such as smell, feel, taste and sound. Obviously there are other contributing factors to their memory ability, such as if they were blind from birth, being a major one. 

So, why are we often unable to remember such typical things, like what we ate for dinner last night? Unfortunately this is a daily occurrence in the everyday life – it’s because essentially our brain hates information; long term, anyway. Have you ever wondered why most HAVE to study to pass a test? It’s because the information is stored in your short term memory and will essentially be wiped or considered obsolete as new information is stored. There is no instant cure to this terrible, terrible illness, unfortunately – other than retraining your brain and memory. 

That being said: just because you forget about something does not mean it has been removed from your brain forever, which is something people are often unaware of. It simply means you are unable to retrieve given information which has been stored in your long-term memory at any given point. Just because you can’t remember what you ate for dinner last night doesn’t mean you won’t remember just before falling asleep. 

Okay, now let me test you. Remember the seven different values I wrote at the top of this article that you were probably extremely puzzled about when initially reading? If you don’t remember reading them at all, then I sincerely hope you get checked out! Seriously though; presuming you read over them, or at least glanced at them: I want you to recite them WITHOUT looking back. If you can do this, then you’re a cheater. 

So, without further ado, I present information as to WHY you may find yourself in similar situations previously mentioned (forgetting keys, where your phone was last situated, what you ate for dinner, etc.). 

1 – Your Brain Hates You… Kind of.

Firstly, it’s not because you happened, for some unknown and doubtless unprecedented reason, to be particularly short of active braincells at this point (although that may be a contributing factor) but because of several other factors. One of the most common reasons many are unable to remember specific information is because, essentially, it’s not life-threatening. Basically, your brain doesn’t REALLY care about where you left your car keys; it only cares for survival. You might care (which will improve your memory) but your brain certainly opposes it. Have you noticed how you never forget to drink water (or any form of liquid)? It’s because your body forces you to be reminded of these things as a form of survival. I have said it once, and I’ll say it again: your brain couldn’t care less about your phone – as much to your disgust, simply because you can live without it. 

2 – Learn Properly!

Although your brain hating you remembering things is a significant reason as to why many have poor long-term memories, there are several other less significant factors contributing to your poor memory, such as not learning the information correctly. For example: studying for a test. Maybe you were too distracted or only remembered small parts which made it hard for the rest of the information to make any sense. Or maybe you simply didn’t understand the information logically at all, and it was simply all words to you. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! So essentially you never actually learned this information correctly to begin with, so obviously you won’t be able to remember it… if it was never stored in the first place, right? Having the passion and motivation to remember information is going to enhance your memory because you desire learning of the new information. Make sense? 

3 – Stop Repeating Yourself!

Furthermore, as you learn and remember more and more things, those new things could interfere with past memories resulting in a loss of memory.  For example: have you ever been to… say… a significant location twice, and don’t remember which time you went when ‘that something’ happened? Maybe you went to a theme park twice in your life, and can’t recall at which time a certain ride was broken down. That is probably a poor example, but one I hope you can grasp and actually makes sense. 


As you may have been able to establish from this article, your brain really doesn’t like to learn new things uncritical to your life. As a result, I hand it to all the doctors, lawyers, engineers and other ‘advanced professions’ (sorry art professionals!) having to learn new information for years upon years just to become what they want. I certainly couldn’t do it! So with those three tips mentioned earlier, you should be well on your way to enhancing your memory skills.


Some of the brain training technology we use…

As well as providing expert private coaching, we also use a variety of brain-training technologies in our courses.  These include various EEG systems.  Some are more advanced, for the trainer to perform detailed assessments of your brainwave activity.  Some are more interactive, enabling the student to learn to recognise various optimal mental states.  This is a basic form of neurofeedback and we provide home-training equipment on our more advanced courses.

Here is video of a sports student flying a helicopter when their level of focus increases…





Get The Mental Edge in Sporting Clays

18th – 31st August

Mental Training for Sporting Clays

Northbrook Sports Club, IL.

“Henry Hopking is one of the world’s leading sports trainers.” – London Financial Times


GlennTo compete at the highest level in your sport you need a solid mental game. Would you like to develop strong levels of focus and concentration? Can you reduce stress and control your mental states when under pressure? Would you like a mental programme which is designed just for you? Would you like a coach to support you to ensure your success?

Henry Hopking’s students have won numerous major titles across the disciplines in sporting clays. This is unquestionably the most successful mental training in sporting clays.

BREAKING NEWS – Ed Solomons has won 2014 World FITASC Championship.
This is the 8th World Title won by a Brain Training student

“I have worked with Henry on my mental game for some time, and have 100% confidence in his knowledge and the support that he provides. He has been a great help both directly and remotely via the phone, and look forward to winning some more world titles with his assistance.”


Immediately after the North Central Regional in August, Henry Hopking will be providing private training to help you build a strong mental game in sporting clays.

You can read about his three month coaching programme here – Get The Mental Edge

“Henry Hopking gave me all the skills I needed to control my concentration helping me to win this Gold Medal.”
– Glenn Eller – Olympic Gold, Double Trap, Beijing 2008

Dates / Location

The training location will be Northbrook Sports Club, IL

Training days are available between:
18th – 31st August


Structure / Fee

This is a three month coaching programme. It begins with two days of private 1:1 training. This element of the programme will be at Northbrook Sports Club. The first day is detailed analysis of your shooting and mental approach, including brainwave analysis of your ability to focus and concentrate. You then have a custom pre-shot routine created for you. The second day is focused on implementing your new pre-shot routine. You are provided with your own brainwave training equipment to use after the training. We then move into the three month coaching phase of your programme. This is conducted by phone / skype and email. This is where your mental system is refined and ensuring you successfully implement the skills. This coaching will take you right through to and including US Nationals in October. Henry Hopking will also be at Nationals to support you.

The cost of this programme is $4,000. This includes:

– Two days of 1:1 training
– Brain Buddy equipment and EEG equipment for home training.
– Three months of coaching, including having support before, during and after tournaments

Henry and Gebben
“Henry, I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me and the level of care you have. You are an awesome person and thank you for being a part of my team!!”


“Henry helped me develop a powerful pre-shot mental routine. He has been like a dependable friend looking after my mental game. I learnt how to control my mental states for strong focus and concentration, regardless of the pressure.”


– Gebben Miles. World FITASC Champion 2012 USA National Champion 2009


How do I book a course?

The first thing you need to do is contact us to schedule a phone call. During this call we can discuss with you which format of training is going to be of most benefit to you. We will then discuss which dates are still available. We would look for two consecutive days during 18th – 31st August.

Contact us now and take your mental game to a new level