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

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by W. Timothy Gallwey
     
 

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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.

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780679778318
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
36,249
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 Rotator Cuff.
David_Mc51 More than 1 year ago
As a new tennis player at 53, this book did more to improve my game than anything. It really puts the inner mind game to rest. The author makes the process very uncomplicted and it makes the reader wonder why no one has ever explained this game in this perspective before. I recommend it to other players who are just starting and to those who keep repeating the same mistakes over and over and then are frustrated that they know what the fix is but, they don't do it. I have now gone through several league games and practice sessions after reading the book over a few times and I have enjoyed my time on the court far more without beating myself up with, "Why can't I hit that shot? I know how to do that." I think every tennis player regardless of skill level should add this to their library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't play tennis, but I do enjoy sports, and I find the process of learning new skills fascinating. This book greatly influenced my own understanding of how I learn, and it has helped me improve my aid to others who are learning a new skill. The relevance of the book goes far beyond tennis... anyone who teaches young children, who is learning or teaching any type of physical skill, or who simply wants a user-friendly insight into physical learning would benefit from this book.
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K_C_K More than 1 year ago
The best sports psychology book that can be applied to all sports, business, artwork, horse training and any other competetive situations. It's great to have it read to you on an audiobook!
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Bowling-QueenKW More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that this book was recommended to me to help with my bowling even though it says tennis on the cover. This book really explains how your mind can take control of what your body already knew how to do and ruin a perfectly good game. Excellent!
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