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The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
Tuesday 18th December 2018
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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

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A phenomenon when first published in 1972, the Inner Game was a real revelation. Instead of serving up technique, it concentrated on the fact that, as Gallwey wrote, "Every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game." The former is played against opponents, and is filled with lots of contradictory advice; the latter is played not against, but within the mind of the player, and its principal obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety. Gallwey's revolutionary thinking, built on a foundation of Zen thinking and humanistic psychology, was really a primer on how to get out of your own way to let your best game emerge. It was sports psychology before the two words were pressed against each other and codified into an accepted discipline.

The new edition of this remarkable work–Billie Jean King called the original her tennis bible–refines Gallwey's theories on concentration, gamesmanship, breaking bad habits, learning to trust yourself on the court, and awareness. "No matter what a person's complaint when he has a lesson with me, I have found the most beneficial first step," he stressed, "is to encourage him to see and feel what he is doing–that is, to increase his awareness of what actually is."
There are aspects of psychobabble and mysticism to be found here, sure, but Gallwey instructs as much by anecdote as anything else, and time has ultimately proved him a guru. What seemed radical in the early '70s is now accepted ammunition for the canon; the right mental approach is every bit as important as a good backhand. The Inner Game of Tennis still does much to keep that idea in play. –Jeff Silverman

Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Rev Sub edition (May 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679778314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679778318
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Best Lesson I’ve EVER had about Tennis, and applies to living a better life as well!!!

 on May 26, 2014
By Zest4Life
I’ve played tennis for over 35 years, had lesson after lesson, went to tennis camps and clinics and still there was something missing in my game that I could not get in touch with, until The Inner Game of Tennis came along.

The Inner Game of Everything

 on January 29, 2016
By Barry W. Zander
My game of golf sucks. When I mentioned to my wife that my problem is not my swing or clubs but in my head, she reminded me about “The Inner Game of Tennis,” which I had not read in over 20 years. It is not a tennis book; it’s about every endeavor in life. A buddy of mine who taught golf and racket sports at colleges for 35 years said that “The Inner Game of Golf” makes frequent references to the Tennis version. This is not a book where you take notes — it infiltrates your mind and body. I’m savoring it slowly to let each “lesson” sink in. Highest praise!

A real eye opener

 on May 21, 2014
By Marc
I took up tennis 2 years ago at age 65. Because most of the people I play with have played for decades I figured the only way to catch up is be a practice nut and a sponge for information – videos books, lessons from pros etc. But I had not given much thought to what goes in inside the head. Like many my mind was polluted with self criticism, negative thought, and an inability to focus all the time.

A Sure Cure for Stagefright

 on August 16, 2013
By Juliet A. Wright
This fantastic book cured me from stagefright. I suffered from stagefright that was so severe that I would instantly start sweating, shaking and panicking to the point that I could not remember, let alone play, a single note of my piano music. Then my piano teacher suggested I buy and read this book. I learned about the Ego driven Self One and how it wants to run everything and the sensitive, creative Self Two who really knows what is going on and can produce wonderful creations, achievements and performances if Self One will get of the way. My piano teacher and I embarked on a variety of techniques for me to get Self One off my back and occupied somewhere else. The method worked beautifully. I often think of Gallwey’s suggestion about watching the tennis ball come at you and observing the patterns on it, the texture, etc. I would call this getting into the observer mode. Another helpful tip from this book was the idea of approaching my playing from a place of awareness, not judgment. I am a musician, not a tennis player. As soon as I just become aware of my technique in playing a piece of music, it takes the judgment off of it and I can fix the problem easier. In fact, the awareness often allows for the problem to fix itself. Much of the time, I need do nothing. I also have “The Inner Game of Music,” and got a lot out of that as well, but this book was available to me in 1980 when I was dealing with my stagefright. I am forever grateful to Mr. Gallwey for sharing this wisdom with me. As a result of reading this book and doing the work within its pages, I was able to go on and have a successful career as a performing artist. […]

" "What works best to quiet the mind

 on March 29, 2015
By Thomas F. Dietvorst
“Spirituality” is a turn off to many people. Well in my way of looking at it here is a spiritual book if there every was one – I’m not sure Timothy Gallwey would agree. “Awareness of what is,” “Humility,” “Get the clearest image possible of the desired outcome,” “the less fear and doubt are embedded in the instructional process…,” “we begin to use an instruction to pass judgment on our shots,” “No teacher is greater than one’s own experience,” “Use outside models in your learning, but don’t let them use you,” “Natural learning is and always will be from the inside out,” “It is not helpful to condemn our present behavior patterns,” “What works best to quiet the mind?”…and I could go on. These are all concepts that would be familiar to the spiritual seeker (and the spiritual finder (-:)).

This book is excellent- and really works when applied. …

 on May 23, 2016
By Michelle R. Osborn
This book is excellent- and really works when applied.

It is awesome for building confidence

 on November 14, 2017
By Jewels
If you are a tennis player you NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! It has helped my tennis game so much, and I quote it about every time I teach a private or group lesson. It is awesome for building confidence, overcoming the nerves of competition, and teaches you to learn to play the game of tennis in a positive way and not get down on yourself for the mistakes. LOVE IT.

Turned my 15 year old into a philosopher.

 on April 18, 2017
By Ms.Humanist
My son says this is the book to read to perfect any skill or mental activity – he is a professional gamer and doesn’t read much- but he liked this a lot- recommended it to me for perfect the way I look at my life.

Amazingly useful

 on March 10, 2013
By Lars Tackmann
Over the years I I have read tons of self help books, but only few as wise and useful as “The Inner Game”. The book describes the inner mental game that goes on while playing tennis, how this often causes problems for the player and how to overcome these problems. While this may sound boring or useless outside the tennis court, it’s actually highly interesting and very useful in the world at large.

This book is such a game changer. I used …

 on April 30, 2017
By gypsywillow
This book is such a game changer. I used to get so nervous before competition that I would beat myself. After reading this book and applying the ideas, I am able to compete with confidence.


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