©1997 W. Timothy Gallwey; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.
Deals with the mental game of tennis so well, from mental attitude towards learning and improving strokes, to your mental approach on court, how counterproductive your 'inner critic' is to your game, and how you should try and achieve 'psychological flow' (ie being 'in the zone'). Particularly good for overly pushy parents coaching their kids who don't realise that berating or yelling at their kids isn't helpful. Highly recommended for any tennis player at any level.
Tim's book is not just a Classic: it is extremely Classy too! A thoroughly excellent read. Tim breaks down the Inner Game and Outer Game with a skilled hand. Many many 'I's have been dotted and 'T's crossed with this one. Awesome read, Tim! Thanks a million!
Success is an Inside Out Job.
Inevitability Coach at 5sense Management Technologies Ltd
The Key Elements to Your Success are: Outcome - Action - Evaluate - Modify
I like to learn interesting stuff on midnight runs. And I need absorbing children's audio to stay sane on long car journeys.
There is a central message to this book- something to do with relaxing and allowing your unconscious mind take control. There, said it. If you listen to the book, you can hear the same thing said again, scores of times, in various different (and not so different) ways. And that's it. Again and again. And again.
I have a keen interest in tennis but the gist of this book is equally applicable in other arenas. Highly recommended, particularly if you are prone to giving yourself a hard time during matches.
And the narration didn't in any way obstruct or obscure the message - there were no "accents" which many narrators seem obsessed with!
I loved the analogies made between the lessons to be learned from principles of how to master the art of playing and winning tennis. The valuable lesson from this is priceless. 👏🏾👏🏾
If you want to understand yourself better, what makes you tick, why you find certain skills hard to master and why you don't perform your best in a competition then listen to this.
This is one of those books that works very well with audible. The layout lends itself to being spoken and its easy to follow the story. The inner game emerged from the author's experience as a tennis coach and so the story unfolds based on his journey. The information contained can be applied to multiple areas of life and work and not just tennis. The concept of self 1 and self 2 made sense and having experienced this in real life it made the book seem more plausible.
Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. It covers aspects of the human mind and its impact on the body. The inner game of tennis is about how to get out of the way of the conscious mind so that it allows your body to perform naturally.
Personally, his voice and style work well for the book for me. As stated earlier the material really works as an audio.
Yes its well laid out and the narrative lends itself to being on in the background. Some books you have to concentrate hard on and its easy to lose the thread. This book flows well and allows you to do other things whilst listening.
The book was a game changer when first written and the concepts have heavily influenced other sports and are now readily adopted across coaching and sports psychology. The book is practical and you'll pick up many useful tips and techniques that you can apply in everyday life as well as tennis.
"For anyone who wants to perform"
I was surprised at how spiritual it sounds to me. It's there, right underneath the surface. The ending anecdote about being stranded in a snow storm, actually brought tears to my eyes, it was really moving...
Apart from the above mentioned passage, the description of his teaching style vs the traditional one. So eye opening, gentle, and powerful.
I have not but for a while, I thought it was the author reading it, he commanded the material so well.
The description of self I and self II are so recognizable that it feels like meeting an old friend...yourself, that is.
This is the original inner game and I have heard people say that it's the most powerful one. the principles described here are universal to all sports and all activities where performance and pressure play a part, such as for example music. I'm a musician and I'm not going to get the Inner Game of Music. This is the root and the original!
"The heart of coaching art!"
Yes!much more vividly
Easy understanding! And propounding discovery, no any useless talking, lots examples elaborate, great help!
Self 1and self 2 theory!
No , I listen it from time to time,
I want to buy his other two books, inner games of work & stress! Please !
"Great philosophies, not just for tennis."
As a martial arts instructor, The Inner Game of Tennis has helped me understand the body's natural way of learning and how to teach in a way that is more conducive to retained muscle memory. In only a week, I have seen great improvements in how my students are able to pick up complex movements at a much faster rate without as much effort on my part. Even students that have been notoriously difficult to teach, it feels as if I've unlocked their true learning potential. The reality is that I have finally learned to challenge them appropriately through the lessons I have learned from this book. Every instructor, no matter your sport, should read this book.
And I also played out of my mind in my last tennis match!
I have seen immediate results by using the techniques described in the this book. I highly recommend it.
Inspiring audio. Gave me the same inspiring feeling as I got from the book in the 80s.
This is probably the first audiobook I've listened to completely.
The narrator gives an impression of understanding his content; he sounds earnest. Pleasant voice.
This book is best absorbed chapter by chapter as there's so much to absorb.
As a book, this has to be the best self-development book I've read. It is also, reportedly, the book that started the individual/business coaching revolution in the 70s.
Interesting to understand what games we play inside and how to let go and let it happen to improve our strokes, our confidence and ejoyment. I also liked the defense of "Competition" as a cooperative action towards your oponent
"Could be better if shorter"
Spend too much time with obvious things, the important stuff could told in one hour.
"Just great for any sports and life!!!"
It contains a message for life.
How to allow your mind and body to perform at their best..
Dealing with choking..
Easy to understand, and worthy every penny
As an athlete and a trainer I found this enlightening. Like everyone else I've had both "success" and "failure" in life. As I look back I see my greatest successes were when I allowed my second self to enjoy the moment and my greatest struggles have come when I gripped too tight and listened to my first self. I gotta tell you, that first self guy is brutal!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.