I remember clearly the first time I read this book. It was the summer before 9th grade, almost two decades ago. I'd been playing tennis for about a year. My trusty wooden racquet in tow, I had taken lessons, read every how-to book and tried to follow all the step-by-step pictures. Also, I was getting soundly beaten by friends who'd be playing longer than myself. I found the book in the library and was surprised at how thin it was. Then I noticed there were no pictures. I thought "What kind of tennis book has no pictures? " I started to read there next to the shelves and my life has never been the same. I wound up captain of my highschool tennis team, all-state selection, and along the way crushed the bums who used to beat me. Now I'm almost 30 and a tennis has-been but still play a pretty good game. And whenever I go on the court (be it tennis, basketball, squash) I apply the same principles. I stop trying, stop forcing. Quiet the mind and let it happen. As others reviewers have written in this space, this book will transform your game. It will also broaden your appreciation for what the human body can do. It will enrich your life. This is a classic and indispensible work.
This book cuts right through to what all tennis players inherantly know, your success on the court is directly related to what is going on in your mind. You realize that your body knows how to play, and needs no gratification or instructions by your inner critic. The less you interfere, the better your body will perform. When your mind is quiet and trusts your body's abilities is when it is has the freedom to perform. My game improved dramatically since my first match after I read the book, one technique is to occupy your mind into silence by focusing it on something. The thing I focused on was the spin of the ball as it came to me. When I began to concentrate on that, my mind was silent and focused on the ball. When I do this, the ball seems slower and bigger. All of my strokes improved by doing this. Another thing I got out of this book is to let go of all of your lessons and ideas of how to move your feet, how to hit the ball, how to angle your raquet head. A match is no time to ponder these things it is a time to do them. When in a match, just let your body do what it knows how to do. Don't focus on details, just focus on the goal of making a good tennis shot. All of this is wonderful, but the best thing this book has to offer, is giving the reader the understanding of how to learn in a natural way without your inner voice giving approval or disaproval. And that is a skill that will apply to all things in your life. I can't wait to read the Inner Game of Work.
...ein gelungenes Buch. Die ein oder andere Anmerkung kann man mit in die Umkleide nehmen und wird sogar noch später wieder dran denken. Ich kann nicht behaupten, dass es mein Spiel gandenlos verbessert hat, aber der Kopf ist aufgeräumter und das ist ja fast die halbe Miete.
This is a great book on the "zen of tennis". Provides great insight into the mental part of the game (concentration and focus - not strategy). A must for all serious tennis players and a good idea for anyone who participates in any competitive activity.
Funktionierenden Konzept wenn man damit regelmäßig arbeitet. Auch außerhalb des Courts anwendbar. Man lernt das Tennisspiel aus einer ganz anderen Perspektive kennen. Ich bin begeistert und denke, dass mir das Buch als Jugendlicher noch mehr gebracht hätte weil man sich als junger Mensch noch stärker von seinen Emotionen überwältigen lässt.
This all-time classic will help everyone interested in learning and improving in tennis or any other subject. It goes beyond the court because it deals with the most important aspect of learning--YOU and how you interfere with your own progress. This book will help you improve your concentration, deal with nervousness, anger and frustration, and overcome boredom. I should know, I've been teaching the Inner Game method for five years and it really works! Check out the foreward if you don't believe me. Hope you enjoy it!
Not a book of technique but one which transformed my attitude to playing tennis. Gallwey explains his transformation from a an ego-driven win-at all-cost player, to a yoga-player who played for the experience without desire to win, to a player who concentrates on making the effort to win. The latter concept, as opposed to being concerned about winning, was the most profound part of the book for me. It explained paradoxes I had felt in competing as purely social player, where often I had not wanted to win. The book has taught me to think less, to concentrate more, and to focus on playing in the present without harse self-judgement. Gallwey insists that he has not written a self-help book, but his philosophy is certainly applicable to wider spheres, not the least learning new sports such as, in my case, roller-blading. I'm trying to just 'let it happen". A book that needs to be kept and read over.