The Inner Game of Golf
The Inner Game of Golf, by Timothy Gallwey is an actionable mental game book with great strategies for quieting the mind and shooting lower scores.Read full review
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- Clear framework for thinking
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I like that this book offers so many actionable strategies. You can put it in play immediately!
Full Review: The Inner Game of Golf
"The Inner Game of Golf" is a book written by Timothy Gallwey, which explores the mental and psychological aspects of playing golf. It emphasizes the importance of mastering one's inner thoughts and emotions to improve one's golf game.
The book introduces concepts like the "Self 1" and "Self 2," where Self 1 represents the critical, analytical mind, and Self 2 represents the natural, instinctive self.
Gallwey's approach focuses on quieting Self 1, which tends to overanalyze and create self-doubt, in order to allow Self 2 to perform more freely and effectively. By understanding and managing the mental aspects of golf, players can enhance their performance and enjoyment of the game. The principles of "The Inner Game of Golf" can be applied to various sports and activities, not just golf.
The author of this book is actually a tennis instructor who has studied ways to implement mental strategies not only in tennis, but in the workplace, and other sports. His application to the game of golf is wonderful in my perspective, and could be a huge help to anyone who suffers from "don't hit it in the lake," or any timid thoughts during the swing. If you want to learn more about his teachings, Gallwey talks about it on his website here.
I loved this book because it kept everything so simple, eliminating the confusion and doubt that comes from many mental game books. I highly recommend it!
About the author: Zach Gollwitzer
Hey, I‘m Zach, the founder of The DIY Golfer! I created this site while playing D1 collegiate golf with a simple mission—I wanted to learn the golf swing and get better at golf myself.
Fast forward a few years, and my “journal“, The DIY Golfer, has been viewed by millions of golfers worldwide looking to do the same with their games. my mission is to make golfers more consistent in just a few hours a week through advanced practice strategies and timeless, first-principle golf instruction.