By W. Timothy Gallwey

The interior online game of Tennis is a innovative software for overcoming the self-doubt, anxiety, and lapses of focus that may maintain a participant from successful. Now to be had in a revised paperback version, this vintage bestseller can switch the best way the sport of tennis is performed.

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It is quiet; you are “together,” and the action flows as free as a river. When this happens on the tennis court, we are focused without trying to concentrate. We feel spontaneous and alert. ” The image comes to my mind of the balanced movement of a cat stalking a bird. Effortlessly alert, he crouches, gathering his relaxed muscles for the spring. Not thinking about when to jump, nor how he will push off with his hind legs to attain the proper distance, his mind is still and perfectly concentrated on his prey.

Every time I get near match point against a good player, I get so nervous I lose my concentration. I’m my own worst enemy; I usually beat myself. Most players of any sport run into these or similar difficulties frequently, but it is not so easy to gain practical insight into how to deal with them. ” But how can one “be confident” or develop the “proper mental attitudes”? These questions are usually left unanswered. So there seems to be room for comment on the improvement of the mental processes which translate technical information about how to hit a ball into effective action.

Once the judgmental mind establishes a self-identity based on its negative judgments, the role-playing continues to hide the true potential of Self 2 until the hypnotic spell is broken. In short, you start to become what you think. After hitting a number of backhands into the net, the player tells himself that he has a “bad” backhand or at least that his backhand is “off” today. The he goes to the pro to get it fixed much like a sick person goes to a doctor. The pro is then expected to diagnose the faulty backhand and provide the remedy.

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