The Inner Game of tennis question.

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Aykhan Mammadov, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. Aykhan Mammadov

    Aykhan Mammadov Hall of Fame

    Mar 12, 2004
    Baku, Azerbaijan
    Some of you advised me that this book is among best, so I have bought it and have read already.

    What did I get? Only 1 idea that there are Self 1 and Self 2. Before reading the book I knew and already felt that when a man scares, worries and etc. he loses some big percentage of his skills and etc... So what was new? In old Japanese schools of Karate-do there was such a notion as " Mizu-no-kokoro" = "sleeping lake", what means that when there are ripples in a water yr reflections are not perfect, that is when u worries u lose yr skills, techniques and etc... So the idea is not new.

    Only 1 thing was new - that don't judge yr hits, skills, try to focus yr self 1 on something, say on seams of the ball.. Nothing else, only 1 idea stretched to the full book. But he goes further and tells that u 'd completely separate Self 1 from Self 2 in order not to interfere, "don't think" - he tells, Self 2 is perfect and will do everything himself. Focus yr Self 1 on something.

    In this regard I have to u question " How about noticing weaknesses of yr opponent and correspondingly correcting yr tactics and strategies during a match, so what - not to think about this also ? How to focus on seams of the ball and at the same time try to notice those weaknesses ?"
  2. Capt. Willie

    Capt. Willie Professional

    Apr 16, 2004
    I got much more useful info out of "Winning Ugly"....and in that Brad Gilbert wants you to think.
  3. goober

    goober Legend

    Jun 9, 2004
    If you wanted a book to focus on tennis stratgies you bought the wrong book. I agree that Winning Ugly is a much more pratical book.

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