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The Inner Game of Tennis Audiobook

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

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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. This classic best-seller can change the way the game of tennis is played.

©1997 W. Timothy Gallwey; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

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    davidstone28 11/07/2010
    davidstone28 11/07/2010 Listener Since 2009
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    "Brilliant (audio)book"

    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.

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    Mervyn 25/05/2015
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    "Not Just A Classic! Top Quality Too!"

    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.

    Mervyn Barrett
    Inevitability Coach at 5sense Management Technologies Ltd

    The Key Elements to Your Success are: Outcome - Action - Evaluate - Modify

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yoda Berkhamsted, UK 10/05/2015
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    "The genesis of modern performance coaching"

    a classic must read or listen for anyone with an interest in performance coaching for themselves or others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeremy London, United Kingdom 09/07/2013
    jeremy London, United Kingdom 09/07/2013 Member Since 2016

    I like to learn interesting stuff on midnight runs. And I need absorbing children's audio to stay sane on long car journeys.

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    "Repetitive and annoying, frankly."

    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.

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    Charlie 14/03/2017
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    "Timeless classic still relevant today"

    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!

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    Gavin 19/02/2017
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    "Awesome and Timely Read"

    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. 👏🏾👏🏾

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    Lewis 24/11/2016
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    "Perfect"

    perfect for competitive people with internal and external struggles, I read this as a competitor of both sports and video games and I look forward to using its teachings.

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    Jason S 12/10/2016
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    "Excellent insight for tennis players"

    Excellent insight for tennis players and no doubt the inspiration for the book 'the power of now'

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    Alan Hughes 25/06/2016
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    "This makes you think"

    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.

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    Andrew Ramwell Manchester, UK 05/12/2015
    Andrew Ramwell Manchester, UK 05/12/2015 Member Since 2010

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    "Let the inner game replace your innner voice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Inner Game of Tennis the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Inner Game of Tennis to, and why?

    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.


    What does Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Personally, his voice and style work well for the book for me. As stated earlier the material really works as an audio.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Casper Paludan
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    23/07/14
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    "For anyone who wants to perform"
    What made the experience of listening to The Inner Game of Tennis the most enjoyable?

    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...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Inner Game of Tennis?

    Apart from the above mentioned passage, the description of his teaching style vs the traditional one. So eye opening, gentle, and powerful.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Woren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but for a while, I thought it was the author reading it, he commanded the material so well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of self I and self II are so recognizable that it feels like meeting an old friend...yourself, that is.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Virginia
    Shenzhen, China
    12/06/13
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    "The heart of coaching art!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Inner Game of Tennis to be better than the print version?

    Yes!much more vividly<br/>


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy understanding! And propounding discovery, no any useless talking, lots examples elaborate, great help!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Self 1and self 2 theory!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No , I listen it from time to time,


    Any additional comments?

    I want to buy his other two books, inner games of work & stress! Please !

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Walker
    Grapevine, TX, United States
    12/11/12
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    "Fantastic!"

    I have seen immediate results by using the techniques described in the this book. I highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dong
    Rowland Heights, CA, United States
    06/02/12
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    "Great philosophies, not just for tennis."
    Any additional comments?

    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.<br/><br/>And I also played out of my mind in my last tennis match!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    Nashville, TN, United States
    12/12/11
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    "Winning Book"

    Inspiring audio. Gave me the same inspiring feeling as I got from the book in the 80s.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Raleigh
    greensboro, NC, United States
    23/12/16
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    "WHAT TO TUNE IN - WHAT TO TUNE OUT"


    ? did you grow up in a culture of achievement and relentless criticism
    ? as a child, were your shortcomings frequently judged and exposed
    ? as an adult, do you feel you are, at times, holding yourself back

    tim gallwey was a talented tennis instructor in a well-to-do part of california
    that may not sound like fertile ground for important cultural observations
    but gallwey's patient scrutiny and observation lead him to new and real insights

    as his tennis players "...talked to themselves..." gallwey heard 2 competing voices
    voice # 1 was berating, belittling, relentlessly scolding and critical
    voice # 2 stood chastened and seemed to believe it deserved the reprimand

    as you might imagine, voice # 1 can get in the way of exertion and performance
    gallwey gives thoughtful practical advice on how to turn voice # 1 down a bit
    with that burden lifted, he found his players were able perform to their capacity

    the strength of gallwey's book is its' intuitive approachable presentation
    timeless truths are delivered as friendly " easy to digest " examples
    as you'd expect the book is not about tennis - it's about those inner voices




    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    29/05/17
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    "2nd time through and still learning"

    I have listened to this audio book twice and I have learned a great amount both times. You learn and it also gets you thinking. This book talks a lot about tennis but the principles probably apply to nearly everything in life. The world is shaped by the thoughts in your head and you can shape you're inner game or inner thoughts to benefit the outer reality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grace
    25/04/17
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    "Excellent advice for musicians as well."

    So much of performance is an internal struggle. This book will help you understand it whether you are an athlete or musician. Amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ahsan
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    05/12/11
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    "Excellent"
    Where does The Inner Game of Tennis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably the first audiobook I've listened to completely.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Woren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator gives an impression of understanding his content; he sounds earnest. Pleasant voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is best absorbed chapter by chapter as there's so much to absorb.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Axel
    Pilar, Argentina
    10/11/11
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    "Excelent"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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