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The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance [Kindle Edition]

W. Timothy Gallwey , Pete Carroll , Zach Kleinman , Zach Kleiman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. Now available in a revised paperback edition, this classic bestseller can change the way the game of tennis is played.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The Inner Game of tennis is that which takes place in our mind, played against such elusive opponents as nervousness, self-doubt and lapses of concentration. It is a game played by our mind against its own bad habits. Replacing one pattern of behaviour with a new, more positive one is the purpose of the "Inner Game". Peak performance at tennis, like any sport, only comes when our mind is so focused that it is still and at one with what our body is doing. The key to the "Inner Game" and better tennis is achieving this state of relaxed concentration so that we are playing "out of our mind" and therefore no worrying about how, when or where to hit the ball. In The Inner Game of Tennis, Tim Gallwey, a professional player and instructor who has produced dramatic results among the amateurs and pros he has trained, explores how to overcome mental obstacles, improve concentration and reduce anxiety for better performance at every level. There is no physical reason why any of us should not more consistently serve aces or hit perfect returns. The Inner Games approach makes all the difference.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679778314
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Rev Sub edition (30 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0G9E4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Know Your "Selves" Better 17 Jun 2010
As most people can guess by the title, the "inner game" of tennis is the game that takes place iin the mind of the player and is played against barriers such as nervousness, self-doubt, etc.

To gain clarity on the mental problems in tennis, the book looks at the concepts of "Self 1" and "Self 2". Self 1 is the name that is given to the conscious ego-mind which likes the tell Self 2, you and your potential, how to hit the ball and play the game. Or, to put it another way, Self 1 is the "teller" and Self 2 the "doer". I found this to be an interesting idea, as we have all caught ourselves talking to ourselves or have seen others talking to themselves during a game. If you ask someone who they are talking to, they will usually say "I'm talking to myself." This, of course, implies that there are 2 "selves", "I" and "myself"- and so is born the idea of Self 1 and Self 2. Pretty astutue observation in my opinion.

Now according to the book, to achieve peak performance, the key is to resolve any lack of harmony between the two selves, as it is the contrary thinking of Self 1 which causes interference with the natural abilities of Self 2. This requires the learning of several inner skills, such as the art of letting go of self-judgements, letting Self 2 do the hitting, recognizing and trusting the natural learning process, and so on- which is what much of the books spends discussing.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who plays tennis (or any other sport for that matter) as it does a great job in dealing with the fact that many of our difficulties in tennis are indeed mental in origin. Other helpful books for tennis players I've come across include Treat Your Own Tennis Elbow and Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply very useful 11 July 2009
The book is fundamentally introducting some very simple concepts that will probably explain a lot about why as tennis players, many of us just don't progress and have uncontrolled performances - 5 min of genius, 20 min of totally rubbish game, great practice session, then fear in match etc...all influenced by the mind and the Self1 (to discover in the book).
The net result for me after reading the book (I apply the simple tips of the book):
- I enjoy myself more when playing
- I win more matches
- My tennis is more liberated
- I am not anymore an abnoscious person on the court when I miss points (actually, I am super calm now)
I saw a review which gives a poor score to this book and I can actually understand it somehow since in reality, once you understand the concepts explained, one could argue, you don't need 130 pages or so to develop on them, but I think it is a bit harsh to rate it like that and the book is well worth the money.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By Astore Stargazer VINE VOICE
If there are many of you out there that are like me, then you can be forgiven for being very sceptical about learning from a book rather than the more conventional typical coaching methods, however this book differs from all the others I have read, and also gives you the advantage on the most important aspect of the mental side of the game.
Before I read the book I was having a lot of trouble with keeping my mind focussed when things didn't go my way, I would get frustrated and more often than not my tempor would get the better of me time and time again. However after reading the book my tennis pals noticed a huge difference in my temprement, and I was channelling my frustration into determination. But the book also demonstrates ways of improving your all round game in the simplist terms and I found that I learned more from the book than I was learning from my qualified coach from serving to backhand its all here and for the price it is a true bargain, the book isn't as expensive as some that are out there but it is clearly more effective as it really focusses on the mental game and explains it in a way that would put most of the best coaches to shame. If you keep smashing your tennis racket like me then look no more and buy this book immediately because it is a true bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars constructive helpful 8 Mar 2013
By John V
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very interesting way of explaining how to perform in a more constructive way even if you cannot stand tennis at all
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I do not play tennis but read this book because some horsemen recommend it. I found it useful as the book explains how good our body is at computing and calculating what it needs to do to perform certain actions - such as a tennis stroke or for me riding a particular movement or working with my horse on the ground. It explains how our conscious mind gets in the way, sometimes by thinking we are not good enough or piling on pressure to perform as our ego interferes. Our conscious mind wants to dissect how we do some physical action and this is enough to affect our natural game and ability. I am very guilty of over analysing things so am trying to be more in the moment and trusting my body to get it right - shutting my conscious mind out is not easy. I would recommend this book for anyone wishing to play a sport or instrument as it may help you to stop micro-managing aspects of your game or playing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for tennis 3 May 2000
By A Customer
My principle sport is Table Tennis, I don't play tennis at all. Nevertheless I have found the concepts in this book very helpful and easy to follow. Having put some of the author's principles into practice I am now much less prone to defeat by so-called "poorer" players. In the past I have played matches where (for seemingly inexplicable reasons) my game almost literally fell apart. This happens much less frequently and never to the same degree as before. My play is now much more consistent. Although I am still not a world beater this book has undoubtedly been a great help. The book's contents are simple to understand and not too difficult to implement. Re-read every couple of months for maximum success. It's one of the cheaper books on this subject so the decision to buy is not too painful. I heartily recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a game changer! and not just for your tennis.
A really great book to help us focus on the present moment and to trust your natural abilities. I don't play tennis but this book came highly recommended so I gave it a read. Read more
Published 2 days ago by George
4.0 out of 5 stars inner game of tennis
Book arrived in good condition as described. Still working through it, but a good coaching book regardless of the sport.
Published 4 months ago by G.JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for tennisplayers (and athletes in general)
An experienced coach recommended me this book for my 17 y. old daughter(an ITF player).I 've started reading it too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by alex karidis
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't play Tennis, it is a must read for everybody!
I don't play tennis, but this book is not only about tennis. It is about the game everybody has in their own minds. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Angelica Ardley
5.0 out of 5 stars Changes the way you think
This book was recommended by a colleague at work. I don't think he is a pro tennis player but the advice from this book can be applied to other situations both within and outside... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr. J. M. Zhang
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for tennis players
I don't play tennis but the tips in this book can be applied to all aspect of your life. It certainly helped my skiing this season.
Published 8 months ago by dicassidy2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating stuff!
Food for thought and feeling. Something I intrinsically know but requires constant vigilance. Really nice conversational style of writing - I have a feeling I know something of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J R Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life.
I read this book as everyone was talking about it. Now I actually own two copies. I seldom go a few days without reading it.
Published 9 months ago by F. Valentine
1.0 out of 5 stars So boring
I can see that his idea is ok, but I got it after a few pages. He stretched it out to a book by repeating himself over and over. I couldn't even finish it.
Published 11 months ago by Kirsty
5.0 out of 5 stars A life changer
This is one of those books which can have a huge impact on your life. It was recommended to me several years ago and I still refer back to it now for guidance.
Published 12 months ago by Richard
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1) learning how to get the clearest possible picture of your desired outcomes; 2) learning how to trust Self 2 to perform at its best and learn from both successes and failures; and 3) learning to see “nonjudgmentally”—that is, to see what is happening rather than merely noticing how well or how badly it is happening. &quote;
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The first skill to learn is the art of letting go the human inclination to judge ourselves and our performance as either good or bad. &quote;
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letting go of judgments does not mean ignoring errors. It simply means seeing events as they are and not adding anything to them. &quote;
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