The Inner Game of Golf by W. Timothy Gallwey

The Inner Game of Golf

By W. Timothy Gallwey

  • Release Date: 1998-03-17
  • Genre: Golf
Score: 4
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W. Timothy Gallwey's bestselling Inner Game books--with over one million copies sold--have revolutionized the way we think about sports. And now, after twenty years of applying his Inner Game methods to the royal and ancient sport of golf, Gallwey brings us this completely revised edition of his classic The Inner Game of Golf, nearly half of which is new material, published here for the first time.
        Even the masters of the game, from the venerable Jack Nicklaus to the wunderkind Tiger Woods, must battle their mental demons to excel in the crucible of competition. How do they maintain concentration under pressure? How do they avoid the mental and physical tensions that can sabotage any shot, from the simplest putt to a demanding drive? And how do they contend with the nagging inner voice that says, "You haven't been playing your best today. How will you keep from messing up on this shot?"
         Here, Gallwey provides specific ways for you to improve the concentration and confidence that keep your insecurities from hijacking your best instincts, your score, and your enjoyment of the game. In addition to the specifics of Inner chipping, Inner swinging, and Inner putting, Gallwey explains why the art of "relaxed concentration" is the fundamental skill for improving every aspect of your game.
         It may seem like common sense nowadays to say that mental approaches are as crucial as physical skills in a good game of golf. But Gallwey was among the first to say it, and he is a pioneer of the modern sports psychology movement. In The Inner Game of Golf, now comprehensively updated, you will find the kind of perceptive and articulate instruction that not only will improve your swing, but, perhaps even more important, will reacquaint you with the pure pleasure of the game.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Awesome book!

    By Thapana Uparanukraw
    I have been struggling with my natural process of learning music, and sometimes I feel like skills that I learned during practice session doesn't stick with me for long before I lose it. This book has helped me with my inner mind and let my own body learn to be aware and learn it naturally. I highly recommended to anyone to any field who wants to be accurate on what they are doing!
  • Do you still use a wooden Driver?

    By HornsUp
    I read this book in the late 80's and it did nothing for me. It was probably one of the first attempts at publishing golf related sports psychology but the author was a hack who wasn't breaking 80 if I remember correctly and he wasn't working with any pros or anything like that. I think he might have worked with some good tennis players but even then, different sport. If you have the money to waste buy the book and read all about the "bouce, hit". You think "bounce" on the backswing and "hit" on the downswing. Woo woo, innovating! Keep in mind that some tour pros were still playing with wooded drivers when this came out. I would suggest Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella, that was and remains the best book I've ever read on golf - period! I had the tools to become a single digit handicap player when I read that book and it's teachings went well beyond "bounce, hit". Rotella works with tour pros and his insight is exceptional. Learning how to practice properly, stay in the present, focus on a target and execute a pre-shot routine made a huge differnce in my game. I'm a 5 hadicap today and the Rotella book allowed me to get the most out of my limited talents. "The Inner Game of Golf" is like first grade compared to the college level course of "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect". There are other great books on golf psychology as well that are also far more golf specific than this "bouce, hit" effort.