How to win a Dink rally

How to win a Dink rally

April 10, 2018 0 Comments

Merriam-Webster defines dink as “a couple with two incomes and no children”

Wait, let me keep scrolling.  Ok, here it is…

“Dink is to hit with a drop shot, probably of imitative origin”

That sounds better.

So, you’re in a dink rally.  Don’t know what a dink rally is?  Let me check the dictionary again:

“The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary.”

Forget you dictionary, we’ll take it from here.

A dink rally happens when opponents continuously hit soft, low, short shots back and forth over the net.  How do you win a dink rally or at least get out of one?

Patience you must have, my young Padawan- Yoda

Dinking strategies:

  • Force your opponent to make the mistake
  • Keep hitting the ball into their kitchen, stay on the balls of your feet, keep your knees bent and finish your swing
  • Stay low and wide as possible
  • Make sure to slide shuffle step instead of crossing over your feet
  • It’s much better to hit the ball over the net than hit the ball into it

 How do you win a dink rally?

     1. Mix up cross court and across the net shots.Yes, it’s easier to hit it cross               court because there is more room to hit your shot, but it also keeps your                 opponent guessing when you hit it to your opponent in front of you.


  1. Don’t hit it to the same place on the court. Aim for different areas so they have to use their forehand and backhand.  Hit it at their feet so they must adjust to return it.


  1. If you can hit it in the air instead of off the bounce, it gives your opponent less time to react.


  1. Go for the lob. Hitting a lob over their head forces them back to the baseline. It puts them on the defensive and gives you control of the net.

Do you want to learn more strategies and techniques to win at Pickleball?  Check out our Drop Shot Domination course.  It covers third shot drops and dinking taught by 2-time National Champion Daniel Moore.  Click here to get started!

-Duke with Quick Pickle

© Quick Pickle 2018

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