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

Technique

  • 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

Strategies

  • 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

Check out more on our website- Quick Pickle

@Quick Pickle 2018

 

 




Also in For the Love of Pickleball- The blog about your favorite sport

Here's your chance to ask all your pickleball questions of a top player
Here's your chance to ask all your pickleball questions of a top player

October 09, 2018 0 Comments

Ever wanted to ask a Gold Medal winner about how they go to that level?

Have a pickleball question for one of the top players in the game?

We’re putting together a webinar with Daniel Moore and would love to know what questions you want the answers to.  We’ll create slides with questions for him to answer and could include yours.

Read More

How to win in pickleball using stacking (or what the pros are doing)
How to win in pickleball using stacking (or what the pros are doing)

September 14, 2018 0 Comments

Whether you're new to pickleball or been playing for a while, stacking is a strategy you can add to your game.  Typically reserved for advanced players, you can try this with your partner on your next game to help you win more points.  Keep your opponents guessing with your new skills.

Read More

What's my rating now?  USAPA changes pickleball player rating system
What's my rating now? USAPA changes pickleball player rating system

July 17, 2018 0 Comments

Last week, the USAPA rolled out their new player rating system.  The UTPR (USAPA Tournament Player Ratings) was established to have a more accurate assessment of all players. 

With the previous or legacy system, the ratings were based on tournament directors and each player’s own ratings.  (Surely no one would play down a level, would they?)   

With tournaments getting bigger and more players entering the sport, it became difficult to track everyone correctly.

The UTPR is comprised using up to 3 years of tournament history from pickleballtournaments.com.  It’s based on past performance and will help in seeding future tournaments.

Read More

Get 15% off your next order & a FREE video!

Daniel Moore will teach you his top 3 strategies to hit the perfect drop shot.  Fill out the boxes to get your discount code and video emailed to you for FREE.