The Inner Game of Tennis: The classic guide to the mental side of peak performance
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...more
Why does he mention that the woman is " a very attractive cheery housewife"? I read the book and this sentence seems so not to belong this book and I'm sure that those who read it understand what I'm asking. (hide spoiler)]
An enlightened view
Some simple and profound insights. Practical and theoretical guidance on the power of attention and focus, and the pivotal role these essential skills play in the game of tennis and the game of life. Highly recommend. A swift and engrossing read with lasting value.
Immediately after I finished listening to the audio book version I went over to amazon and once more gladly gave them my money in exchange for a physical copy. 'Why?' you ask? Because this is not a book you read once, then forget about. This is a book that needs to be absorbed over time, then put aside while you contemplate its messages and let them grow, before once more picking it back up and solidifying ...more
Images are better than words, showing better than telling, too much instruction worse than none, and… trying often produces negative results.
The “hot streak” usually continues until he starts thinking about it and tries to maintain it; as soon as he attempts to exercise control, he loses it.
The first skill to learn is the art of letting go the human inclination to judge ourselves and our performance as either good or bad.
Judgmental labels usually lead to emotional reactions and then to ...more
The key idea of the book is that all of us are perfect from birth to death, so only limitation to achieve full potential are self-limitation we put on ourselves by being judgmental, unfocused and egocentric. Tim illustrates this by saying that in ourselves there are 2 selves: Self 1 - teller, thinker, ...more
This book isn't really about tennis, it's about wu wei. Flow. The zone. Being "unconscious." It's about silencing the inner critic, detached observation, and naturalism. I read it from the perspective of a musician, although I am not much of one anymore, and felt like there was some great wisdom there.
This book explains more about the inner game of “everything”.The book breaks down the Self into Self 1, which is basically your thinking brain (judging), and Self 2, which is your "feeling" brain.
Author also gives an interesting perspective on winning, derived from surfers. Surfers want to ride the biggest wave not ...more
This book is life changing, I will be reading and re-audiobooking it soon.
All these skills are subsidiary to the master skill, without which nothing of value is ever achieved: the art of relaxed concentration. The Inner Game of Tennis will next explore a way to learn these skills, using tennis as a medium.
The book does this quite well, astoundingly so given that it was published about 40 years ...more
It's primary thrust is to help the reader learn to apply some basic principle of non-judgment and focus to ...more
I found it goes pretty well with the dual process theory presented in Thinking, Fast and Slow, connecting "self 1" to "system 2" and vice versa.
This book teaches you an interesting concept. As a player of any kind of game, you should be competing not against an opponent, and not even against yourself, but to test the limits of your abilities and uncover the ultimate levels that you did not know you ...more
The book made it clear in my mind the difference between us and our ego. He called them Self 1 (ego mind) Self ...more