The First Cut: Applying The Way of the Sword to Life and Tennis

In principle, the serve is a single motion and attack, when executed effectively puts the opponent on the defensive. In my game it is my single strongest weapon. Nothing gives me more confidence than to have my opponents complement my serve at the end of a match. At the completion of a doubles match, hearing “We just couldn’t get a handle on your serve tonight,” is truly the highest complement one can receive in tennis. In addition to the WIN, that is.

The Inner Game of Tennis – Timothy Gallwey Returns with More Wisdom

When the Inner Game of Tennis Inner Game of Tennis was published in 1972 I was 10. I am sure my father bought it, I think he was still playing tennis at the time. A couple of years later I must’ve picked up The Inner Game of Tennis the summer I went to tennis camp when I was 13. Notice the cover, tennis balls were still white. I was playing with a Wilson T-2000 just like Jimmy Connors.

What I didn’t know at the time, when trying to read and decipher Gallwey’s book at 13 years-old, was that Gallwey’s book was a spiritual book. A book that taught more than court tactics but it also talk life tactics and concentration tactics.