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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (5 Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330295128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330295123
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best sports psychology book ever written about golf."-"Inside Golf"

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W. Timothy Gallwey has produced a series of bestselling Inner Game books, which set forth a new methodology for the development of personal and professional excellence in a variety of fields. For the last twenty years Gallwey has been introducing the Inner Game approach to corporations looking for better ways to manage change. He lives in Malibu, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Creigh on 6 Sept. 2003
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I have been playing golf for 18 years and like many golfers have always thought that technique was the key thing to learn. People say that golf is 85% mental and I couldn't see how when I struggled to make decent contact with the ball on a regular basis. (I have had a handicap of 19-21 for 8 years). I have read many mainstream books and videos by the likes of David Leadbetter on the mechanics of golf, I have tried lessons from top golf pros, all maner of videos from lesser known people in the states and a number of swing gizmos with little change.
Here is a book with a different approach to the whole idea of playing golf. According to the author, most bad shots in golf are caused by tension. This stops our muscles from working properly in the swing and is the cause of all sorts of faults. Tension is caused by fear, which in turn is caused by doubt in one's ability.
Then there's the little inner voice a lot of us have nagging away while we play telling us to watch out in case we muck up the next shot like we did last time. Timothy Galwey calls this voice Self 1 which is constantly interfering with Self 2, the rest of our body/mind combination.
If we can distract self 1 so that he/she stops doubting us we reduce the fear, reduce the tension and play better. The author suggests various approaches which are manily centered on becoming more aware of the clubhead's position during the swing.
Another great notion is that of not trying. Instead of trying really hard to follow the latest tip or swing thought from our friends, pro or golf magazine, Mr. Gallwey advocates not trying but instead simply observing. For instance, in the medal this morning, I was rather keyed up and played nervously and therefore inconsistently for the first 7 holes.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
For many years, people I play with have complained about my handicap. Yet I seldom play more than a stroke or two above or below my handicap. Yet during a round I will hit many fine shots seldom seen by someone with my handicap (a high one). Clearly, I must know what to do, but cannot do it consistently. People shake their heads at that explanation, and predict that my handicap will soon fall -- which it doesn't.
Having just read Mr. Gallwey's excellent book, The Inner Game of Work, I could immediately sense that he was on to something with regard to his concept of paying attention to critical features of your activities as a way to learn how to improve rapidly.
As an example of this point, I had stopped taking lessons over the last year-and-a-half, and my tee shots and fairway woods greatly improved. The main thing I noticed is that I began to rely on myself to figure out what I was doing wrong, rather than waiting to have my pro show me. As a result, I figured out a lot of long-term faults never unearthed in the lessons and corrected them.
I was very excited to find a number of other drills I could use in this fine book to locate other faults and correct them. Just thinking about the drills allowed me to locate four faults that I had not been aware of before. I can hardly wait to see how I hit the ball tomorrow!
One of the places where my game started to get better was when I noticed that if I played with no focus on winning or score I played much better. Mr. Gallwey provides several tools for extending that psychology that I intend to use as well.
Some people had taught me other ways to keep score: How many putts, how many fairways and greens in regulation, quota points, and square shots. Mr. Gallwey's book adds learning and enjoyment scores as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mr ezra n rushen on 4 May 2009
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I have read this book just once. I cant say I have yet managed to adopt many of the exercises it suggests but the influence it has had on my game is measurable. Before I shot between 115 and only broke 100 twice.
Since - starting- to read this book i have consistently broken 100 and last week, which has lead me to writing this review, I broke 90 (89).
I have only been playing for around 6 years and always knew I had a good swing and good timing but could not put my finger on why I was so inconsistent. If I put my best shots of the year together I would should around par but it always seemed to come down to consistency. If this is what you seek buy this book.
I have already bought and recommended it to many friends and now its your turn.

I have started to read it again and can see myself returning to it over and over again when I need a refocus.
The self 1 and self 2 concept that is given in this book is a powerful metaphor for life and you will find this book has influence on you outside of your golfing career too.

I would back up some other reviewers comments that this is not a book for a complete novice. Some experience is useful in order to get the most out of the book.

My next target isn't to break 80 by the way, its simply to enjoy my golf even more!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MR I MCCAW on 28 Mar. 2004
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Golf has always frustrated me with its miriad of instructions such as 'head down', 'left arm straight', 'start with the hips', etc. The Inner Game of Golf removes this concious noise from the swing and lets your inner self ('self 2') take control. It made sense to me, after all do you shout instructions where to place your feet when walking?
With a little practice of the techniques I've discovered a very natural and fluid golf swing. My handicap is down from 23 to 16 in only a few weeks (and still improving), but more importantly I'm enjoying the game like never before.
This is a must read book for anyone who has slammed their club into the ground in anger knowing that you can play better...just don't let your golf partners get there first.
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