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Inner Tennis, Playing the Game Hardcover – November 12, 1976


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (November 12, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394400437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394400433
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the last twenty years Gallwey has been introducing the Inner Game approach to corporations looking for better ways to manage change. He lives in Malibu, California.

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The best parts of this book are the drills.
Tomaz Mencinger
For anyone wanting to master their sport, and find out what "being in the zone" is all about, this is a MUST read!
Timo Makelainen
Excellent in dealing with the mental aspects of the game.
Stephen L. Mason

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tomaz Mencinger on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Gallwey expands his concepts and approaches to the inner game. He manages to explain his ideas even more clearly and identifies many more inner obstacles. But his approach is the same - cooperation of Self1 and Self2, letting go and trusting your body and applying the principle of non-judgment.

He goes deeper into the natural learning mechanism and uses many examples from his coaching that shows us exactly how the lesson went and what his questions and advice to the player were.

The best parts of this book are the drills. Their goal is to quiet our mind and allow our potential to come through unhindered. And quieting the mind goes even deeper in this book. He calls it Progressing in the Art of Relaxed Concentration and it has four stages: paying attention, interested attention, absorbed attention and finally »being wholly there« or union.

What he describes is actually a pathway to »the zone« which is a more common term among coaches and athletes for this special state of mind.

The parts on natural learning and body awareness can help the beginner and the advanced player to quickly realize - become aware - of his shortcomings and correct his technique. Which usually corrects itself by the way...

The book ends with two very intriguing chapters which go deep into human psyche - self-image and the will to win. The self image part is quite possibly a real eye opener if you haven't read any books on similar subjects. It makes you realize all the limitations that we put on ourselves because of our self image.

There are many books about tennis technique and tactics. There are also many books that deal with the mental approach to tennis but this approach is limited to off court or in between points or games.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timo Makelainen on November 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I just wanted to share the incredible feeling that just a little patience managed to get me after reading this book. Mr. Gallwey has managed to put into words how one feels and thinks when involved in sport (any sport not just tennis). I first read this book 18 years ago, and my snooker game (billiards) improved immensely. For anyone wanting to master their sport, and find out what "being in the zone" is all about, this is a MUST read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith Whittingham on August 16, 2010
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The content of this book turns itself to addressing the application of the ideas expressed in "The Inner Game of Tennis" by the same author. The first book is excellent - the best bit about it is that the basic idea is good and the book doesn't take 400 pages to explain it. The second book has some extensions to the first but not enough to warrant a whole new book. You are left with the idea that the author is scratching around for material to fill up the number of pages the publisher asked for.

IMHO buy the first book for sure. Books are cheap so, if you're looking to implement the ideas, this book will still pay back the investment but skim read it.
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This fabulous book teaches the student of tennis how to concentrate and perform to his best in pressure situations. By focusing on all the details of the game at once, it relaxes the mind, so that thinking is kept to a minimum, and the body is allowed to react to the ball coming over the net. The body moves according to it's reflexes, and the player is allowed to hit the ball as he has practiced over and over. The racquet hits the ball almost by itself. It is thinking that gets the athlete into trouble, and creates anxiety. This book teaches techniques to reduce the effect of the mind on the shot.

I have used this technique on the tennis court, and even applied it to golf competition, and business situations, with much success. I highly recommend this book.
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This book is the first and most effective step to playing real tennis and winning the match against ourselves. If you find yourself constantly screaming instructions at yourself or shaming yourself for not watching the ball, start here...now.
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