Further Learning Section

We really hope that you enjoyed the Zone Training course and found it useful and we wish you all the best with your experiments in The Zone.

This course has focussed on the connection for coaches between Zone Training and –

  • Inner Game
  • Natural Learning
  • Non-directive Coaching
  • Mindfulness, Meditation and State Management

There are, of course, other coaching models and methodologies that connect with The Zone. In particular, we wanted to mention Growth Mindset, Emotional Intelligence and NLP.

  • Growth Mindset
    With an understanding of Growth Mindset, you will be able to see how these ideas fit with the ideas in this course and help you as a coach to create a positive environment for learning which in turn will reduce mental interference for your students and create more opportunities for The Zone.
  • Emotional Intelligence
    Increased awareness of your own emotions and your students’ emotions will help you to notice when to intervene in a directive or non-directive way (CoachNav) and when to step back, say less and allow focus to develop when training The Zone.
  • NLP
    Neurolinguistic Programming has a wealth of knowledge relevant to Zone Training, from improving communication skills through powerful ways of understanding state management to installing effective mental and behavioural habits.

Watch out for further blogs, articles and courses on these topics and more.

Below are some more resources if you would like to find out even more about The Zone.


There are, of course, lots of people out there on the internet saying lots of things about The Zone. Here are some of the videos that we found useful when doing our research for Zone Training:


Some of our favourite books that helped our research:

‘Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience,’ by  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Inner Game series of books, by Timothy W. Gallwey

‘Zen Tennis: Playing in The Zone’, by Dr. Joe Parent and Bill Scanlon

‘The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance,’ by Steven Kotler

‘Zen in the Art of Archery,’ by Eugen Herrigel

‘Grace Under Pressure: Martial Arts and Sports Hypnosis,’ by Jo Biggs and Adam Vile

‘Training Trances,’ by John Overdurf and Julie Silverthorn

‘Ahead of the Game,’ by Jeremy Lazarus

‘Body Mind Mastery: Creating Success in Sport and Life,’ by Dan Millman

‘Alone on the Wall – the Ultimate Limits of Adventure,’ by Alex Honnold and David Roberts

‘Zennis’ by Peter Sprang

‘Sporting Excellence: what Makes a Champion?’ by David Hemery


Our thanks to –

Tim Gallwey and Sean Brawley – Inner Game.

Julie Silverthorn – Zone Training Interview.

Joe and Melody Cheal – GWiz NLP – Zone Training Interview.

Chiswell Film Studios.

Players – Legends Tennis Centre.

Sarah Jons – inlondonhypnotherapy.co.uk – permission to use artwork.

Web designer – Justaskjean.co.uk

essentialtennis.com – Mental Tennis Mastery Course with Ed Tseng

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