Open by Andre Agassi Rafa by Rafael Nadal The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey A Champion’s Mind by Pete Sampras You Cannot Be Serious by. 45 quotes from The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance: ‘When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice tha. A phenomenon when first published in , the Inner Game was a real revelation. Instead of serving up technique, it concentrated on the fact that, as Gallwey.

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Then observe what happened. Jan 26, Arash Narchi rated it it was amazing Shelves: For the player of the Inner Game, it is the moment-by-moment effort to let go and to stay centered in the here-and-now action which offers the real winning and losing, and this game never ends. I wish he made this just a generic book timotgy how to improve your game- in any sport.

The Inner Game of Tennis Quotes by W. Timothy Gallwey

My friend, and some would say “coach,” gave this to me to read- believing that it would help me get over a few things that I have been strugg Preface: Loved the concepts in this book Worth the read for aspiring tennis players and beyond.

Reaching the goal itself may not be as valuable as the experience that can come in making a supreme effort to overcome the obstacles involved. It is effortless and relaxed, not tense and overly controlled. The inner game of work.

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Because this is not a book you read once, then forget about. The book gives ample evidence that’s also quite easy to relate to that Self 2 can master almost everything in a short amount of time, while being “in the flow”, if only Self 1 doesn’t interfere.


Some of the thoughts on why and why should we compete in various areas of life are quite interesting. Bloody brilliant if you ask me. If the observations are accurate, yennis person’s body will adjust and correct automatically to achieve best performance. After reading this enlightening and empowering book, I have definitively changed my state of mind.

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. Here and now are the only place and time when one ever enjoys himself or accomplishes anything.

I have always hindered my own performance by tenniis all the wrong things: Only by competing with you does he in fact cooperate!

The Inner Game of Tennis

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. Having provided yourself with an image and a feeling, you are ready to hit some balls. I’ve read Tolle, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Frankl, Burkeman, Pressfield, and Lao Tzu – all talking about the same kind of concepts hame Gallwey discusses in this fantastic piece of writing, and while it was Gallwey that pushed me over the edge I think it was all the other writers that pointed me in the direction of the edge in the first place.

We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development.

It learns by watching the actions of others, as well as by performing actions itself. Return to Book Page.

Only by doing this do you give each other the opportunity to find out to what heights each can rise. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time gallwy dies.


Highly recommend this book to everyone, sure will be revisiting it to understand deeper the ideas presented in such a metaphoric way!

Definitely a worthwhile read for the athlete and non-athlete alike but especially for the athlete. His opponent, of course! Same should be true of any game, and instead of hoping your opponent will make a mistake, you should be hoping they won’t, so you’ll be faced with the greatest challenge that will allow you to grow the most.

Return to Book Page. Jun 21, Ryan rated it liked it Recommended to Ryan by: Applied to tennis, naturally, but this can be applied to many things.

I wanted to win the inner game. The process can be more rewarding than the victory itself. 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 what you understood on the first pass, and finding other gems buried beneath your initial lack of understanding.

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Nov 22, Gsme rated it really liked it. This process can be slowed by using descriptive but nonjudgmental words to describe the events you see. I wanted to overcome the inner obstacle that had plagued me for so much of my life. Now focus your eyes and mind on the seams of the ball and let it happen.