I’ve been showing some of my friends some pickleball clips and the question I always get is “Why do they keep doing those soft hits?” Now, I’m not going to lie, I had the same question when I first started playing and watching pickleball. Why not just smash it? It’s a much harder hit and can lead to a quicker point. It wasn’t until 3 months into my pickleball playing days I realized how important the dink was and how I could use it to my advantage.
If you’re struggling with your dinks and are looking for ways to enhance your short game, take a look at the three tips below.
Contact Out Front – No Backswing
I struggle with this one personally. I naturally wind back or from below causing a higher dink, making it easier for my opponent to return a smash. By focusing on making your contact out front, you can eliminate that extensive lift that causes pop-ups.
Follow Through Towards Your Target
This one goes hand in hand with making contact out front. After making contact, make sure your paddle follows through toward the targeted area. By following through, you gain a little extra control over location. This step is important for accuracy, which we all struggle with when getting comfortable on the pickleball court.
Here’s the motto of the Dink Tank. Dink Different. When it comes to dinking, pick new spots. Become unpredictable. You will reach a point in your pickleball game when you get too comfortable on the court and your opponents pick up on your tendency and it will hurt you. When you choose different dinking locations, you keep your opponents on your toes and always have them second-guessing where you are going to go. This is one where I need to focus on as I get so comfortable with the backhand cross-court dink and it ends up coming back to kill me.
Take these three tips to the court this weekend and let me know how it works for you!