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The Inner Game of Tennis

The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
Written by: W. Timothy Gallwey
Narrated by: Dan Woren
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Sports & Outdoors
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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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Surprise Surprise Surprise!!!

The way Gallwey has linked Tennis and Life in this book can only come from a person who has realized the complete meaning of Tennis and Life.

Every chapter in the book is a full of wisdom that's applicable to us that would streamline our thoughts and focus of reality of situations and thereby find new meaning on everything that we were/are doing.

The flow is so smooth that I have not felt I'm reading a book, felt like some Guru has taught me life's inner lesson through Tennis/book.

Feel like I know how to play all shots in Tennis now and call all shots in the game of Life.

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Last two chapters are informative

The first half of the book is too elaborate. It could have been more precise. Last two chapters contains a lot of disruptive facts which can enlighten one.

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  • Casper Paludan
  • 23-07-14

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!

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  • Ryan
  • 29-05-17

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.

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  • Dong
  • 06-02-12

Great philosophies, not just for tennis.

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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!

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  • Virginia
  • 12-06-13

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

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 !

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  • Raleigh
  • 23-12-16

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




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  • Walker
  • 12-11-12

Fantastic!

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

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  • Scott
  • 12-12-11

Winning Book

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

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 27-08-17

The Only Game that Counts

I picked this up on the advice of a personal trainer who noticed I was struggling with calisthenics. It may be hard to believe a book could make training easier or more effective, but that has definitely happened in my case. The advice contained here truly opened my eyes on how to focusing and achieve my best possible game. This book is beyond highly recommended! Go for it!

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  • Grace
  • 25-04-17

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.

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  • Ahsan
  • 05-12-11

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.

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  • davidstone28
  • 11-07-10

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
  • 25-05-15

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-05-15

The genesis of modern performance coaching

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-20

coaching bible

This has helped my development coaching practice massively. Not only does it help with clients but also helps me understand me and my performance. This will be a one I'm going to listen to a few times and share will clients and colleagues.

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  • patrick murphy
  • 20-04-20

I don't play tennis, still useful

I don't play tennis and bought this book as it was recommended for applying yourself to any sport really. The notes on controlling your negative over critical thinking was very useful. It's already helped in allowing me to focus my game (crown green bowling) and application. I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-19

A must read for sport and for life

Before I read The Inner Game of Tennis my regular opponent , a tennis coach, would trash me each time. After following the simple but so effective learning of Inner Game winning came with what seemed like effortless ease. Read it , follow it and see for yourself.

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  • Marc
  • 06-07-19

A Signpost Towards Flow State

This book provided an unusually clear analogy for learning to switch off anxiety. By learning how to focus on improving your tennis (whether you like tennis or not), you will learn how to quiet your ego and get on with the task at hand.

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  • KalinG
  • 20-03-19

A peasant surprise!

Really insightful and yet lacking the pretence many other self development titles have. Very enjoyable listen, also thanks to the narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-19

A must for any sports coach.

What a book!! I highly recommend this book to any sports coach. The coaching points are transferable to any sport.

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  • Damien
  • 11-01-19

Great Read!!

A must for anyone involved in sports but so applicable to life in general also. Amazing read!!!

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  • Danilo Gonzalez
  • 24-08-17

One of the best insight books

What you will learn from this book is of so much value not only for Tennis, or every sport, but for business and life in general as well.

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  • Brad
  • 11-08-17

Excellent tips

Great for tennis players at all levels.

I liked a lot of the examples and tips.

Can recommend it for most players but keep in mind it's not a technique instruction book.

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  • Sladey
  • 24-04-17

Fitting for the modern psyche

The book strips back the noise of modern cognition training allowing for the simplistic yet fundamental expression of self to be exposed (this being self 2). A good reminder to remain grounded in any situation and allow our minds to learn and grow. A good commentary for continued mental stimulation and growth. Only criticism is the lack of depth in the role of enthusiasm, as this stoic approach can sometimes be misconstrued as a guide to a passive life (never to high, never to low). Thorough research will suggest otherwise, however, the message to the newcomer short be clear. Allowing self 2 to dominate, does not mean to not show vulnerability and enthusiasm. Quite the contrary in fact!

Good, easy listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-19

Disappointing

Unfortunately, this title fell short of my high expectations and did not come any near the high ratings given by past readers/listeners.

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  • Sean Loo
  • 12-05-19

Simple enjoyable book

I enjoyed it. A very easy listen and some great lessons about how to preform at your best

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  • Michael Tye
  • 09-12-18

Interesting but a bit long winded

Really enjoyed it but I found myself zoning out a bit when things got repetitive. Would still recommend listening/reading it however

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  • Charlie
  • 15-04-18

Limited insight into tennis mentality

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Didn’t learn a huge amount. Should be a book about mindfulness

Has The Inner Game of Tennis put you off other books in this genre?

Will make me think twice.

How could the performance have been better?

Better content

Did The Inner Game of Tennis inspire you to do anything?

More positive self talk