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The Inner Game of Golf [Paperback]

W. Timothy Gallwey
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Jan. 6 2009

W. Timothy Gallwey’s bestselling Inner Game books–with more than one million copies sold–have revolutionized the way we think about sports. As he did in his phenomenally successful The Inner Game of Tennis, Gallwey provides methods that can be applied to situations beyond the green. The Inner Game of Golf delivers strategies to achieve potential–both in the crucible of competition and in everyday life. With Gallwey as a guide, you’ll learn how to

• defeat your mental demons and find clarity under pressure
• dispel tensions that can sabotage your performance
• build confidence and overcome insecurities that can hijack your best instincts
• employ the art of “relaxed concentration” to improve your swing, your game, and your life

No matter what your skill set, Gallwey’s pioneering strategies, real-life examples, and illuminating advice are perfect for anyone who strives to be a champion on and off the course.

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Long before Dr. Bob Rotella made tweaking a golfer's head as important as tweaking his swing, Tim Gallwey, who knew virtually nothing about the mechanics of the game when he penned the first edition of this visionary work, understood that even the best technique collapses when the mind cracks under the game's pressure. Gallwey's ultimate insight into the game was that a golfer's mind is a golfer's worst enemy; too much thinking only gets in the way.

The new edition of this groundbreaking instructional continues to preach such "Inner Game" fundamentals as trust, concentration, visualization, feel, and relaxation, and is full of what Gallwey calls "awareness exercises." Much of what he has to say seems obvious in a world in which most good athletes have some kind of psychological guru always at the ready to help improve performance, but Gallwey, with his bagful of anecdotes and encouragement, was one of the first to explore this uncharted territory, and still remains one of the most readable. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


“The best sports psychology book ever written about golf.”
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and useful but not the final solution July 16 2004
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This book provides some interesting insights into the mental side of the game that are very important. However, without the fundamentals, I don't see how a person could consistently break 80 using these techniques only. For a fundamentally sound full swing, you want to read Hogan's Five Fundamentals. For short game improvement, read Pelz's Short Game Bible.
If you use the valuable awareness learning techniques this book provides while implementing Hogan's and Pelz's fundamentals, you are sure to improve.
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For the past several years, I've worked tirelessly at golf. However, my improvement was minimal. I'd previously read Mr. Gallwey's book but never took it that seriously and basically abandoned his suggestions from this book whenever I hit a bad shot (Self 1 saying "well, that doesn't work!"). I entered my club championship and I felt that I would play well. The first day I struggled to an 85, playing the same way I had for the past few years (decent golf swing but no results). The next day, I came in with zero expectations and told myself that I would trust "Self 2" to play the game. The result was a 70, my first competitive round under 80, let alone under par!
In summary, combine a firm grasp of the fundamentals (I find that Mr. Gallwey's learning method works well here) with the mental attitude that he stresses in this book, and you will be very happy playing this game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geoff will love this June 10 2004
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I did. My handicap down as a direct result of this book, but, more importantly, I love being out on the course, regardless of my score. He can let Karen read this book in the expectation that she'll pick up a driver someday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the reader from Grapevine Feb. 20 2004
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Just to respond to the reviewer who was querying about the long-term reliability of the Inner Game approach. I can only speak for the tennis side (not being a golfer and not having read this book, so my five stars refer to the whole Inner Game method itself) but as a rule of thumb, because the techniques he teaches are simple in nature, they are easy to replicate and, I have found, the more that you use them the more effective they become.
I will say that if (IF) his approach works as well for golf as it does for tennis, then it should definitely have a lasting effect on your game. (NB: In the Inner Game of Tennis, he does not actually deny the importance of technical knowledge and says that you should acquire the basics as well. I would say that his books are better for people who have grasped the fundamentals of a sport than total beginners).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, but... Dec 18 2003
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Hm. I must be a bit more skeptical than the others who have reviewed this book. What I'd like to know is if any of them found LASTING improvement to their golf games by following Gallwey's tips. For example, using the "Back-Hit" mantra may serve to clear your mind during the golf swing initially; but will it really transform your game in a permanent way?
Again, the book is interesting and worth reading if you're looking for a non-traditional way to lower your golf score. I just wonder about the long-term benefits, that's all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a golf book July 10 2002
"The Inner Game of Golf" has been on bookstore shelves for 20 years because it appeals to a segment of the golfing public that eschews traditional instruction. It is not a book about how to play golf; it is a book about how to learn golf. The author's approach is a straightforward application of Eastern psychology and targets the subconscious mind of the golfer as the primary player of the game. Most of the methods described in the book are directed toward quieting the conscious (verbal) mind so that the subconscious (non-verbal) mind can learn from experience.
Here's an example. In the traditional approach to playing the game, the golfer watches the flight of the ball after contact and deduces from it how he must have swung. From that information he makes mechanical corrections that are applied to the next swing. In the Inner Game approach, the golfer does not watch, but feels the flight of the ball after contact. From this feedback the subconscious mind automatically makes corrections that are applied to subsequent shots. For me, the former approach has always led to frustration. Driving range corrections always fall apart after 3 holes on the course, and mechanical analyses lead to doubt. But with the Inner Game approach, my swing gets stronger thru the round, and I hit with greater and greater confidence as the round progresses. It is often a confident feeling that I carry with me for many hours after leaving the course. In that respect, a round of golf early in the morning is, like meditation, a conditioner for the daily activities that follow.
This updated version of "The Inner Game of Golf" is a substantial revision of the original, and owners of the 1981 edition may well want to consider buying the update.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mind Game Jan. 8 2002
It is one of those books that concentrate on golf as a mind game. It is helpful in explaining why golf shots are difficult to repeat and we should not try to do so. Instead, look at every shot afresh and let the mind (called Self2)takes over. Self 1 is a critic and doubter and should be silenced if you are to improve your score.
While my score has not improved yet, I am beginning to enjoy my swings and putts better. Hopefully, I can do what the author did - play only once a week and still break 80.
Good read if techniques are getting you nowhere in your game.
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