What is a dink shot (and why do I need it)?

What is a dink shot (and why do I need it)?

March 05, 2018 0 Comments

What is a dink shot (and why do I need it)?

The dink is a shot that drops into your opponents Non-Volley Zone (NVZ) or Kitchen.  It is hit from your Non-Volley line and meant to land near your opponent’s feet.  They must let the ball bounce before they can hit it, making them hit the ball upward over the net.

Why do I need it?

  • Allows you to control the game
  • Slows down your opponent so they can’t hit a hard shot back at you
  • If they attempt to hit it hard, it’s going into the net or go high and out of bounds


  • Paddle stays up in the ready position
  • Bend your knees, stay on the balls of your feet leaning forward
  • Paddle is at a 45 degree angle
  • Wrist and elbow are firm
  • Aim for about 1’ over the net so it lands softly on their side
  • Finish with a follow through


  • Hit cross court- you have more room to work with and greater room for error instead of hitting across from you
  • If you hit it high across from you, your opponent can smash it back at you
  • Mix it up- hit to different players and different areas of the court
  • Middle of the court forces your opponents to decide who is going to return it
  • Depending on your opponent’s strength, aim for their backhand and make them move
  • Hitting the ball too low may result in you hitting the ball into the net
  • Requires patience- dink rallies can go on for a long time, be patient and force your opponent into making an error

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