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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, Tennis
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Publisher's Summary

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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this book was recommended on Bowling This Month.

a total game changer for my bowling game that will allow me to be more patient with ensuring self 2 develops. this is a great book for every day life, as well.

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Hard to evaluate this, will have to revisit and review in proper when summer comes.

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This has the potential to be a life changing book, but you can't force it into being one.

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Fantastic book on sports psychology.

Fantastic book on sports psychology. I got a lot out of this despite not being a tennis player. The book lines up well with others in the field like "thinking fast and slow" by Kahneman. #Audible1

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  • Casper Paludan
  • 2014-07-23

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.

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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
  • 2017-05-29

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
  • 2012-02-06

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
  • 2013-06-12

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
  • 2016-12-23

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
  • 2012-11-12

Fantastic!

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

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  • Scott
  • 2011-12-12

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
  • 2017-08-27

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
  • 2017-04-25

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
  • 2011-12-05

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-04-21

Good surprise

This is super awesome and insightful.
I feel like this is something everyone and especially teachers should be aware of.. It would bring so much confidence in people's potential, no matter the field of practice, as well as clarity and precious lessons for daily life.
Thanks a lot !