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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
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.See all Editorial Reviews
I bought and read this book for insight and personal growth. A mentor of mine recommended it. I loved it and gained great insight from it.Published 7 days ago by jlomien
Very insighful book. Easy reading but a lot to take in. Will read it again just to remember things and to re-enforce some points made.Published 9 days ago by Clas
Great book that deserves multiple reads, especially gearing up for a competition seasonPublished 18 days ago by Monica Morrison
Apply this to every aspect of your life and you will become a better person. Truly an amazing book.Published 19 days ago by Elizabeth
1974 - a classic. Connects the world of mindfulness to sport in a simple and accessible way. A great introPublished 27 days ago by Daniel P Hoffman
Excellent book on the psychology of relaxing while playing... If you feel "tight" while playing... READ IT!!Published 1 month ago by John P. Nardandrea