The Inner Game of Tennis

The Inner Game of Tennis

Book - 1997
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Master your game from the inside out!

With more than 800,000 copies sold since it was first published thirty years ago, this phenomenally successful guide has become a touchstone for hundreds of thousands of people. Not just for tennis players, or even just for athletes in general, this handbook works for anybody who wants to improve his or her performance in any activity, from playing music to getting ahead at work. W. Timothy Gallwey, a leading innovator in sports psychology, reveals how to

* focus your mind to overcome nervousness, self-doubt, and distractions
* find the state of "relaxed concentration" that allows you to play at your best
* build skills by smart practice, then put it all together in match play

Whether you're a beginner or a pro, Gallwey's engaging voice, clear examples, and illuminating anecdotes will give you the tools you need to succeed.

"Introduced to The Inner Game of Tennis as a graduate student years ago, I recognized the obvious benefits of [W. Timothy] Gallwey's teachings. . . . Whether we are preparing for an inter-squad scrimmage or the National Championship Game, these principles lie at the foundation of our program."--from the Foreword by Pete Carroll
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1997
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780679778318
0679778314
Characteristics: 122 p. ; 24 cm

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JCS3F Jul 22, 2012

Worthwhile read for tennis players and non-tennis players alike. Directs the reader to identify the two selves that define our behavior and performance. That is, Self 1, which over-analyzes, micro-manages, and strangles our natural performance. And Self 2, which is our intuitive, natural, and ceaselessly adaptive self, which can learn and perform with ease. Improving one's tennis game (and virtually any other area of interest) is primarily a function of quieting (silencing?) Self 1 and allowing Self 2 to control and improve naturally. Building on zen principles, The Inner Game has broader implications and acts as a natural redirection of the reader back onto a productive, fulfilling path.

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