The Inner Game of Tennis

The Inner Game of Tennis

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The Inner Game of tennis is that which takes place in our mind, played against such elusive opponents as nervousness, self-doubt and lapses of concentration. It is a game played by our mind against its own bad habits. Replacing one pattern of behaviour with a new, more positive one is the purpose of the "Inner Game". Peak performance at tennis, like any sport, only comes when our mind is so focused that it is still and at one with what our body is doing. The key to the "Inner Game" and better tennis is achieving this state of relaxed concentration so that we are playing "out of our mind" and therefore no worrying about how, when or where to hit the ball. In The Inner Game of Tennis, Tim Gallwey, a professional player and instructor who has produced dramatic results among the amateurs and pros he has trained, explores how to overcome mental obstacles, improve concentration and reduce anxiety for better performance at every level. There is no physical reason why any of us should not more consistently serve aces or hit perfect returns. The Inner Games approach makes all the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 10mm | 117.93g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330295136
  • 9780330295130
  • 31,454

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Why is it that despite having had a hundred practice runs, a good night's sleep and even a decent breakfast, we foul up our big moment? Gallwey has been much vexed by the question since he missed a heartbreakingly easy volley on match point in the National Junior Tennis Championships at the age of 15. He has subsequently developed the theory of the 'inner game', namely that the self-imposed pscychological restrictions that we harbour must be addressed just as seriously as strategy or technique. We learn that we must restore the equilibrium between the conscious 'ego' (self 1) which criticizes and the subconscious (self 2) which acts. To correct that troublesome swing, serve or grace note we need to experience rather than analyse it; the rancorous voice of self 1 must be quietened so that we can trust in the 'silent intelligence of the body'. And it is in this state of relaxed concentration that we allow ourselves to succeed. In addition to The Inner Game of Tennis (1975) Gallwey has applied these principles to golf and to music (with Barry Green) and each is a ruminative account of letting it flow. (Kirkus UK)show more

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