- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inner Tennis, Playing the Game Hardcover – November 12, 1976
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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.Read more ›
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.
There are seminal, common attributes to a higher level of achievement in any endeavor that we undertake, Gallwey is the only one who I have met in reading this book, who communicates in the most effectual teaching manner, the techniques, the processes, the enlightenment to reach into ourselves and grasp the capabilities that we have, but have not touched, because of the "noise" that distracts us. He teaches the how to utilize the sentiments of words that express the process; visualize, focus; that generalization of "keep your eye on the ball." Cliff Richey signed my racquet cover 36 years ago with the aforementioned quip, and what seemed so obvious to a 12 year old kid, means so much more that Gallwey in his teaching, shows me how.
On the contrary the seller's contribution was a big disappointment. The book was classified as new and the price was high, but the paper sleeves were torn and worn out, there are markings on pages and the book stinks moldy.
Clearly deceptive description of the book condition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOved it and gave this copy as a gift to a fellow bridge player. We cross out the word tennis and insert bridge. An eye opener!Published 10 months ago by sapphirecanburn
This book is the first and most effective step to playing real tennis and winning the match against ourselves. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Dramatic Conclusions, Pam Boyd
Excellent in dealing with the mental aspects of the game. An informative method to deal with what troubles most of us during matches.Published on September 13, 2013 by Stephen L. Mason
I've read somewhere that this book doesn't add much to the original 'the inner game of tennis' but I found it added so much to the 'inner game' mind set. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Adele T.
Recieved on 12-24-11. Quite a feat during the time of year we are in. The product is in excellent shape and could'nt be happier with the service. My hat's off to you all. Read morePublished on December 24, 2011 by Kenny O