WHEN to Change a Game Plan


This video discusses WHEN it is time to change a game plan in tennis.

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  1. Kathleen
    November 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm · Reply

    Ver simple and straight forward approach to when to start changing tactics. My next question is what are some of those different tactics? And what are the strongest doubles tactics to explore? Thanks!

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 13, 2018 at 9:46 pm · Reply

      Hi Kathleen, the best doubles tactics I like to have my players try are almost reverse-engineered. Meaning that we look at each set of opponents and try to figure out what they don’t do well. Then from there, we formulate our game plan. For example, against some teams, we might lob a lot, against other teams we might charge the net, Etc… it’s really all based on what the other team’s skills are which determines our game plan.

  2. jerome simon
    September 17, 2015 at 8:03 pm · Reply

    I love the comment about one sure way to see if your game plan is failing continue the match using the same plan and lose

  3. joni
    September 17, 2015 at 7:44 pm · Reply

    Can you give an example of a “Plan A”? I usually go out and just try to play my best; attack the weaker player, or hit toward backhands, etc. What are experienced players thinking when they have a “plan”. Thanks

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm · Reply

      Joni, Plan A is what I refer to as a players favorite way to play. For example Aggressive Baseliner. However, many times in marches we find ourselves behind in the socre and need to change to a plan B or even C. The plans are different for each player based on what they can deploy tactically.

  4. jeff
    September 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm · Reply

    Great advise
    Especially the point made re having the options for a plan B.
    Most rec players play only 1 way and do not have enough skills (shots) to
    change their game plan.

  5. Allen Neuwirth
    September 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm · Reply

    It’s good to hear someone speak with such clarity and wisdom.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 17, 2015 at 3:41 am · Reply

      Thanks Allen

  6. Sylvia
    September 16, 2015 at 2:01 am · Reply

    Love all your advice. And find it very helpful to my game. Thanks.

  7. Vern Baardson
    September 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge, Always practical advice. I need more soldiers.

    serving One,
    Vern Baardson

  8. Shelby Rhyne
    September 15, 2015 at 10:43 am · Reply

    Thanks Jorge. I’ve shared this with my USTA teammates…but of course it begs the question, how DO you formulate a game plan A and B? I’m checking your tennis strategy videos to see what suggestions you might already have. Cheers. Shelby

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm · Reply

      Hi Shelby, Next wee I will start sending out 3 free training videos about my upcoming course titles Building Tennis IQ… These will be very helpful so stay tuned for more great strategy ideas…

  9. Gregg L. McNelis
    September 15, 2015 at 9:53 am · Reply

    Got my wheels turning on this one. Due to a lack of match experience, and in the process of developing tennis IQ, this will be a tool to call on when my plan A is working (for a while) and when the better equipped opponent goes to his plan A,B, or C, to thwart my progress, I will now think about adjusting (by developing a plan B) strategy.

    As it stood, I was just going out there and banging it out and really never put too much thought into what tactics I would use to progress.

    Thanks for stimulating the synapsises!



    • Jorge Capestany
      September 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm · Reply

      You are welcome Greg… Good lick on the court.

    September 15, 2015 at 2:38 am · Reply


    great info re changing your plan….I usually think about it too late



  11. Roy Thibodeaux
    September 15, 2015 at 1:55 am · Reply

    Nice video, I would also add some examples of game plans that your viewers might want to know. Such as, staying back, being aggressive, just trying to be consistent, absorbing pace, slice and dice, or just going down swinging(and end up winning). Thanks for the videos!

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