Basics – Dinks
- A soft shot hit on a bounce from the NVZ intended to arc over the net and land within the opposing NVZ either straight across or diagonally crosscourt.
- An effective dink arcs downward as it crosses the net, creating a more difficult shot to return than a power shot.
- Dinks that land close to the net are the most difficult to return because of the steep angle required to get the ball over the net.
- Crosscourt dinks are easier because the net is lower in the center and you can force their opponent off the court, potentially opening a hole.
- Contact the ball in front of the body with the paddle face open, using a gentle lifting (pushing) motion.
- The shot is soft and controlled with movement from the shoulder, no wrist break and minimal or no backswing to avoid overpowering the ball.
- Be patient. Continue to dink until the opponent makes a mistake. If the ball is hit too high, there is a good chance for a put-away shot.
Pickleball Channel 411: Dinking 101 – Five Steps to a Winning Dink (Tom Early)
Pickleball Channel 411: Improving Dinks (Steve Paranto)
Basic Dink – Consistency (PPR Lead Clinician, Sarah Ansbury)
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