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Deep Cuts: Why You Should Consider Adding Backspin to Your Backhand Shots

I have to admit: I’m pretty biased here. I’ve mentioned before that my background is in baseball, and in baseball, I was a lefthanded hitter and a righthanded thrower. Further, baseball has a lot of down time, and in said down time, I came to kill a lot of hours playing ping pong in lockerContinue reading “Deep Cuts: Why You Should Consider Adding Backspin to Your Backhand Shots”

3 Things I Learned Playing Against 5.0’s This Summer

I’m currently on the injured list after a mishap on the pickleball court involving a dog leash and said time on the shelf has given me ample time to reflect on what was a great summer of pickleball. From the end of May until the end of August, I was able to get in 53Continue reading “3 Things I Learned Playing Against 5.0’s This Summer”

3 Reasons You Need to Ditch Your Running Shoes for Tennis Shoes on the Pickleball Court

I’ll cast no stones here: I started wearing running shoes when I started playing pickleball, and I stuck with them for a longer time than I should. After all, you’re not moving THAT much in pickleball…how much did I really need a new pair of shoes? However, the more I played, the more I noticedContinue reading “3 Reasons You Need to Ditch Your Running Shoes for Tennis Shoes on the Pickleball Court”

3 Reasons I LOVE to Play Against Bangers

Bangers…we all know them. We love them, but we know they’re an unenlightened bunch that still believe pickleball is a blunt-force game that can be won by power shots from the baselines and by hitting winners. If you’ve found your way to DinkTank here, I’m sure you know better. However, when I’m at some ofContinue reading “3 Reasons I LOVE to Play Against Bangers”

3 Shots to Consider if You’re Hoping to “Level Up”

I’m not sure I’ve yet played with a pickleball player that didn’t want to improve and level up. While we’re all out there for recreation and exercise and some wholesome fun, we’re all competitive. And it’s a heck of a lot more fun to hit more good shots! With that in mind, I thought itContinue reading “3 Shots to Consider if You’re Hoping to “Level Up””

3 Reasons Your Backhand Isn’t Improving

I’ve been doing some informal polling of late, and it seems when I ask 4.0 players and below about their weaknesses, I hear “my backhand” said a disproportionate amount of the time. And that makes sense. A backhand is essentially like trying to hit a baseball lefthanded, but most righthanded pickleballers didn’t hit lefthanded (ifContinue reading “3 Reasons Your Backhand Isn’t Improving”

3 Ways to Improve Your Serve…Without Hitting it Harder!

There’s been plenty of internet discourse on whether the pickleball serve is an aggressive weapon of a shot or not. On one side, we have Zane Navratil and his now-outlawed Zane-saw spin serve. Surely, that was a weapon of a shot, right? On the other hand, we aren’t Zane, and we don’t have ungodly athleticismContinue reading “3 Ways to Improve Your Serve…Without Hitting it Harder!”

5 Signs of a Healthy Pickleball Addiction

You’re hooked. Just admit it. It’s why you’re here. However- usually admitting addiction is the first sign that you have a problem. That’s not the case with pickleball, though. Admitting you’re an addict just means you’re ready to lean into the game even more, and there’s even more good news as you’re soon to findContinue reading “5 Signs of a Healthy Pickleball Addiction”