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OWN THE ZONES DOUBLES

The Own the Zones Doubles Drill Series will focus on court movement, shot selection,

and tactical concepts in the doubles game. 

There are three basic formations used to play out points in doubles:
- One up / one back
- Two back (both players at the baseline)
- Two up (both players in the "zones")

The key to the OTZ program focuses on the two-up formation.  This is the most aggressive, and if adopted well, the most effective for breaking down your opponents.  The approach of OTZ is to identify the most common mistakes we make in doubles, then apply key tactical and technical concepts to overcome them.  The outline for OTZ doubles is shown below.

It's easy to sign up...just email TBG today with the date you'd like to reserve, and please include your full name and phone number. 

 

Guiding Principles of Play

1.    Be GREAT communicators

2.    Have NO FEAR – of making mistakes

3.    Keep the Game in front of us

4.    Attack the ball from a balanced position

5.    Always take that “First Explosive Step” to the ball

6.    Take away our opponents prime hitting angles

7.     “OWN the ZONES”

Phase 1

Keys to Successful Doubles - Overview

  • Communicate with your Partner!!!

  • Understand Common Doubles mistakes

  • Keep the Game in front of you

  • Always attack the ball from a balanced position

  • Take away your opponents angles

  • OWN THE ZONES!

 

The Transition Game

  • Serve and Volley

  • Return and Volley

  • Moving safely through the "brown" zone

  • The non-hitter's role

  • Visual clues

 

The Volley Zones

  • Red, Yellow, Green...what does it mean?

  • Ballside - Backside

  • Solid volleys - placement and height

  • Creating a putaway shot for your partner

  • Lead with your racquet

  • Visual clues

Phase 2

The Transition Game - Advanced

  • Recognition of opportunities

  • Shot selection

  • Covering the lob - The Uh Oh shot!!!

  • Visual clues

 

Putaway Shots

  • The psycological advantage

  • Overheads, the most powerful shot in doubles

  • Attack the ball at its peak.

  • Know about the "Money Ball"

  • Visual clues

 

Crunch Time - Putting It All Together

  • Momentum

  • Understand "Set Up" points

  • Understand "Set Up" Games

  • Know what aggressive means for your game

  • WIN!

Advanced Doubles Tactics

  • Planned Poaches

  • I - Formation

  • Australian Formation

  • Serve Options