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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

Excellent (my 16 year old son says!)

 on January 9, 2018
By C. Brown
My 16 year old son asked for this book and he said he loves it and he is reading it slowly to “savor it”. It is a manual about perfecting something you want to do and it is about tennis but he said it applies to everything.

Tennis and life.

 on January 11, 2018
By E.J. Mack
Yes this book is about tennis but it’s lessons can be applied to life in general. I would recommend this book if asked.

Just started reading this book and fell in love instantly! I’m a tennis coach myself and my …

 on September 16, 2015
By Nicholas Park
Just started reading this book and fell in love instantly! I’m a tennis coach myself and my weakness was on the mental side. As reading this i am already excited to finish the book and help me alot how the mental works. I’ve been reading alot of sports psychology but never explained how the brain really works and how we think. But he explains that there is self 1 and self 2 within us and just trying your body and letting go does really help! and that’s what we do when we are playing well also! This book changed my style of teaching and also the perspective. Thank you! Recommend this book alot

A great tool to help your mindset behind your sport

 on March 1, 2017
By ebk
Every competitive athlete needs to read this book. A great tool to help your mindset behind your sport.

I highly recommend it as a business book in today’s culture

 on November 7, 2017
By sallykintz
This book is WAY more than about just tennis. I highly recommend it as a business book in today’s culture.

Great read!

 on September 15, 2017
By vg
Excellent book that provides great techniques to counter the emotional rollercoaster of a 12 y/o competing in such an intense environment.

Trust your self

 on January 6, 2017
By Dudley
A unique book that teaches you to develop and depend on your inner reflexes rather than making conscious effort in any sport. In other words relaxing and becoming less self conscious may bring out the best in you. Deals with a subject taught by very few instructors. Teaches you how to concentrate and deal with stress in a somewhat meditative “zennish” way. Simple to read and absorb. Highly recommended.

AMAZING!!!

One person found this helpful.
 on December 18, 2016
By Jason
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read! I mean that sincerely. The principles of the Inner Game apply also to life in general. And in my opinion, are the keys to happiness and a good life. This should be required learning high schools.

Five Stars

 on December 24, 2017
By Matt
Very good book and the concepts apply to other sports as well. Definitely recommend.

It’s all a mental game!

 on February 12, 2016
By Erin
I loved this book because it’s different than other tennis books. It’s not just talking about the game of tennis and how to play. It talks about the mental side of tennis and how to become the best tennis player you can be. This book proves it’s not all about having the best talent on the court, but having the right mental frame of mind to be the best you can be on the court.

 

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