When to change my gameplan?


When should you stick to your gameplan, and when should you adapt and change strategies?

According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans…

The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.
Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient.

So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak. 

 Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. 

 Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. 
 He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.  
          – Sun Tzu
Some days you will not be hitting a certain shot as well as usual, and some days something will be really firing nicely. Your opponent may change on the day of the match, or you may find they are really struggling with a certain shot that day. In those cases, you may want to change your game plan to adapt to the changing situation.
Sometimes your opponent will get lucky and hit nicely a series of low-percentage balls. In that case, you first have to realize that they were low percentage shots, and not get disheartened. Keep playing your game knowing that over time the high percentage player will typically win.
You want to win as easily as possible, so take pleasure in exploiting all of the weaknesses your opponent gives you.

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