- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Pan (18 June 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781447288503
- ISBN-13: 978-1447288503
- ASIN: 1447288505
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Inner Game of Tennis: The Ultimate Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance Paperback – 18 Jun 2015
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From the Author
Ever since Timothy Gallwey missed a heartbreakingly easy volley on match point in the National Junior Tennis Championship at the age of fifteen, he has been fascinated with the problem of how human beings interfere with their own ability to achieve and learn. His search for practical ways to overcome the mental obstacles that prevent maximum performance led to the basic discoveries first described in this, his bestselling classic. Since the completion of The Inner Game of Golf, also available in Pan Books, he spends most of his time in the Los Angeles office of the Inner Games Corporation, developing an Inner Game approach to such diverse fields as selling, management, stress, diet, music and the quality of work. He is also the author of The Inner Game of Golf, and the co-author of The Inner Game of Music, both published by Pan Macmillan. Geoff Beattie is an academic psychologist, writer and broadcaster, who has worked as the psychologist on Big Brother, as well as the Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University and a Masters supervisor on the Sustainability Leadership programme at the University of Cambridge. He was Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. Born in Belfast, he obtained a First from the University of Birmingham and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was awarded the prestigious Spearman Medal by the British Psychological Society for 'published psychological work of outstanding merit'. In addition, he has written regularly for the Guardian and the Independent and has published several books on aspects of contemporary British life. His book, On the Ropes: Boxing as a Way of Life, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
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'All aspiring players must read this. It is much more than an approach to tennis: it is a whole philosophy of life' Psychology Today How to improve your game and discover your true potential by increasing your concentration, willpower and confidence Described by Billie Jean King as her 'tennis bible', Timothy Gallwey's multi-million bestseller, including a new introduction from acclaimed sports psychologist Geoff Beattie, has been a phenomenon for players of all abilities since it was first published in 1972. Instead of concentrating on how to improve your technique, it starts from the understanding that 'every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game'. The former is played against opponents on the court, but the latter is a battle within ourselves as we try and overcome self-doubt and anxiety. It is often won or lost before a ball has been hit. Gallwey's revolutionary approach, built on a foundation of Zen thinking and humanistic psychology, will teach you how to develop your concentration, work on your gamesmanship and help you break bad habits. You will also learn how to trust yourself on the court and how to maintain clarity of mind throughout the match, giving you a clear psychological advantage over your opponent. Whether you are an amateur or a pro, The Inner Game of Tennis is essential reading for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. It is guaranteed to change the way you play tennis forever.See all Product description
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Although the game used as an performance improvement example is Tennis this method and process can be applied in any game that involves mastery of some technique. The author has written a similar books on Golf and business also. When you read this book you will understand that the mind management techniques that he proposes to elevate your game can be applied in other sports and in other aspects of life. From the book it s obvious he is influenced by eastern mind management techniques. The similar techniques are used in martial arts also to do seemingly impossible deeds. His key message is focus improves the performance and if you visualize the desired result and trust your subconscious then it will often take you towards your goal faster than otherwise. He wants to avoid distracting self criticism that hinders our improvement. I think corporate HR folks should read this book to understand kind of damage caused by current feedback system. In the magazine articles that i read there were testimonials of basket ball and base ball players from the recent past and how they improved dramatically. It shows enduring appeal and usefulness of this book and methods even after 40+ years.
I have used his method of instant focusing to improve my (recreational) running technique and form to good extent.
Highly recommended to all aspiring sports people. Also recommended for stock traders and investors who want to improve their performance under stressful conditions. In fact any endeavor where you have to perform under great deal of stress e.g. sales presentation are fair candidates for his methods.
I have seen countless instances of people trying too hard, and systematically getting worse. This is an eye-opening insight into why that happens, and how to get around it. How to elevate your game, and how to just get in the flow.
I have played various sports at various different levels, and have grappled with the concepts of mastery, competition, and excellence, never really reaching a meaningful conclusion for myself. This book might just have got me there. There is still a long journey remaining, but this is certainly an excellent start.
Would recommend it to every athlete and coach.
Author teach techniques on how to get best result and learning experience while learning tennis, but the lesson he gives applies to any field where one want to excel.