DOUBLE world champ Adrian Lewis admits he is putting “the scars” behind him as he bids for major glory again.
The Stoke star will take his place alongside fellow world champs Glen Durrant and Martin Adams as fans watch on from their cars in a special ‘darting drive-in’ event on August 20 in Edinburgh’s Dalkeith Country Park.
Lewis, 35, returned to form reaching the Quarter-Finals of the World Matchplay and after that run he is now setting his sights higher.
“I’ve got expectations. I want to maintain my form and then try to climb up as high as I can coming into the World Championship.
“It’s all about confidence. I’ve always said that 95 per cent is in your head because if your head’s not right you don’t seem to perform. Little things can deter you from your full 100 per cent performance. It is a mental game and you’ve got to be in the right place mentally.
“I’m trying to start again really, forget all the scars you’ve had over the years by getting beaten and put everything to the back of your mind and focus on what’s upcoming really.”
Lewis, like Michael Smith and Benito van de Pas, lost a huge amount of weight during lockdown and he believes that is helping his throw.
“I’ve got to look at the positives and my throw is back.
It feels a lot more smooth and not as jerky, which is going to play a big part for the rest of the season.
“When you’re practising on your own during lockdown, you’re not playing any competitions so it was always going to be tough coming straight back into it after four months off, but I’ve done well and I can’t complain with how I played.”
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