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The Inner Game of Golf

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W. Timothy Gallwey’s bestselling Inner Game books–with more than one million copies sold–have revolutionized the way we think about sports. As he did in his phenomenally successful The Inner Game of Tennis, Gallwey provides methods that can be applied to situations beyond the green.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published September 1st 1986)
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Brian Mc
May 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Very Good for Golfers.
Gives you simple tips on how to concentrate on your golf game. Well worth a read..
Ben  Campopiano
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, sports

Telling our bodies how to do something is not the most effective way to improve performance. p5

The quality of my teaching and of my students' performance took a major step forward the day I realized the extent of the disrupting effects of overinstruction. p5

Three inner game skills: Concentration, Confidence, Willpower. p12

I observed that the one doing the talking, whom I named Self 1, thought he knew all about how to play and was supervising Self 2, the one who had to hit the ball. In fact, Self
Gerardo Mielnik
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recomiendo la lectura a todos los aficionados del golf.

Tiene una propuesta muy interesante no solo del aprendizaje del mismo sino también de la forma en que lo podemos encarar para que se transforme en una experiencia revitalizador
a del encuentro con uno mismo, con las emociones y sensaciones que el jugo de golf nos despierta y hacer de ello una actitud no solo deportiva sino también personal. Lo recomiendo
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago but didn't finish it, although some of the ideas stuck with me. However, when you're into learning the game (once more) the mental tips and tricks you need become bigger than the physical ones of swinging the club. Trying to combine the two is the trick, and I think this book works best when you've mastered the fundamentals of golf. Unfortunately, mastering the fundamentals can take forty years. Gallwey's frustrations and fascination over golf helps colour the book, and man ...more
Kenneth Gentry
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a book that brings a zen like attitude to a game called golf. It will help any golfer, or for that matter, any athlete learn the beautiful paradox of "effortless effort." I personally have used his message in Cowboy Fastdraw, where my shot is completed in under .400 of a second. Being in my subconscious mind is the only effective place to be, for the conscious mind couldn't react, cock, draw, and hit a 24" target at 21' feet, at .350 of a second, with a single shot revolver, eve
Jerry Gause
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: golf
Tim describes how to trust and rely on your "inner self" (Self 2) to "feel" the shots they way you would like them to feel - as opposed to Self 1 controlling your mechanics and then blaming you for not following its instructions. Tim has written other "inner self" books, for example, on Tennis, Skiing and Music. He has also consulted for major corporations on the psychology and the power of human inner conscious and action. He claims he never had a golf lesson yet during the course of writing th ...more
Stephen Poppoon
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific look at the conflict between mind and body in a sport where every action counts against the player. Well written with valuable tips on how to approach different situations, which actually have application in everyday life situations.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gallwey knows his sports, as well as his Zen approach to them. Having just recently returned to golf and have played tennis for many years, I found his insights helpful and delightful. Makes approaching both sports with a sane point of view.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The foundation for most inner game books written since. This is a crossover jewel that not only gives you skills & techniques for the links but can be adapted to everyday life.
Trying to control the outcome via consciously commanding your body is fraught with traps.
Find ways to not think about what you're doing and release the motion.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author also wrote The Inner Game of Tennis. On the lines of "Zen and the Art of...". It applies to everything in life.
Vince Duffy
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Golf as a microcosm of life. Joy and fear. Breathe. Be. Do.
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Da da da da ......

Don't care how many it takes, just enjoying hitting the cover off the little white ball.
Virgowriter (Brad Windhauser)
Provided some useful insight into golf--using for research in my next book.
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W. Timothy Gallwey (born 1938 in San Francisco, California) is an author who has written a series of books in which he has set forth a new methodology for coaching and for the development of personal and professional excellence in a variety of fields, that he calls "The Inner Game." Since he began writing in the 1970s, his books include The Inner Game of Tennis, The Inner Game of Golf, The Inner g ...more
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