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

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by W. Timothy Gallwey, Pete Carroll (Foreword by), Zach Kleinman (Preface by)

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ISBN-13: 9780679778318
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 23,067
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.91(h) x 0.43(d)

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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 many years, Gallwey has been introducing the Inner Game approach to corporations looking for better ways to manage change.

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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. 34 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.
jpsnow on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Self #2, please let self #1 play.
mkstansbery on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I loved this book. Though I read it many, many, many years ago, its premise has applied well in tennis, in learning dance choreography, basketball, Tae Kwon Do and even interviewing! It's true, our subconscious sometimes doesn't know the difference between actually doing something and rehearsing in our minds. This is an effective tool and technique applicable in many areas of life. I'm rating from memory, of course, as it has been probably 20 or more years since my first reading of this book, but its premise remains within my arsenal of life techniques and winning strategies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great learning experience and has helped my tennis game as well as general life experiences tremendously!
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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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