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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.

***Download the entire Playbook HERE


Guiding Principles of Play

  1. ATP = “Apply Tremendous Pressure”

  2. Take a “First Explosive Step” to the ball

  3. Attack the ball from a balanced position

  4. Become a Zone 2 MASTER

  5. Always cover your middle

  6. Keep the Game in front of you

  7. Be GREAT communicators

  8. Have NO FEAR – of making mistakes

Overview - Keys to Successful Doubles


The Transition Game

  • Serve and Volley

  • Return and Volley

  • Split Steps and Angle of Attack

  • The non-hitter's role

  • Shot selection

  • Covering the lob - The Uh Oh shot!!!  Take it out of the air!

  • Visual clues


The Volley Zones

  • Find "Your" Zone 2

  • Press & Cover vs 1up 1 back (and 2 back)

  • Solid volleys - placement and height

  • Lead with your racquet

  • Visual clues


Putaway Shots

  • The Closer

  • Overheads, the most powerful shot in doubles

  • Attack the ball at its peak.

  • Know about the "Money Ball"

  • Visual clues


Crunch Time - Mental Strength

  • Momentum

  • Understand "Set Up" points

  • Understand "Set Up" Games

  • Know what aggressive means for your game

Advanced Doubles Tactics

  • Planned Poaches

  • I - Formation

  • Australian Formation

  • Serve Options

It's easy to sign up...just email TBG today with the date you'd like

to reserve, and please include your full name, phone number 

and email.

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