Planning a hand first begins with an understanding of image: What is your image? What is your villain's image? Then you move on to villain tendencies and hand histories (HHs) and use all that to make your plans...
I play with a villain who thinks that every single time anyone raises, they do it with AK. He will call with almost ATC (no aces or kings) and if there is no A/K on the board he will call down any and all bets to the river as long as no A/K hits.
So, my plan vs this villain is to raise with 99-AA, 78s - QJs, and stack him if I hit my hand or if an A or K hits and I miss my hand, rep the A or K and fold him out.
that's a quick and dirty example of having a plan...
Read Professional No Limit Holdem Vol. 1. It will answer your questions about planning your hand. The entire book is based around this simple idea. Skip the other two
Personally i'd recommend HOCG, I think PNLHE is a good and presents some nice ideas but after having read it, i'm not too much of a fan of SPR and I think that players that are new to the game might apply the ideas incorrectly and stacking off with TPTK no matter what the situation.
I think that players that are new to the game might apply the ideas incorrectly and stacking off with TPTK no matter what the situation.
I agree with you somewhat but it could be argued that any player probably applies new(to them) ideas incorrectly at first.
Alot of new players will also stack off with TPTK or TPGK with or without the advice from the book. At least with the book they have a better idea of what they should be thinking about and watching for while in a hand and it might prevent this from happening once in a while