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3 Ways I am Looking to Improve with a Lesson

Just like many of you, I spend almost all my time playing games. I don’t really warm up, I don’t drill and I have never had a professional look at my game to help. I watch a lot of pickleball, I play a lot of pickleball but I have never put the time in toContinue reading “3 Ways I am Looking to Improve with a Lesson”

Struggling During a Match? 3 Tips to Turbocharge Your Session

We have all been there – show up to a drop in or your regular game and you don’t bring your “A” stuff. Pickleball isn’t a game like basketball if your shot isn’t falling you can just play a little harder on the defensive end. Playing harder and pressing could lead to a less thanContinue reading Struggling During a Match? 3 Tips to Turbocharge Your Session

5 Lessons I Learned from Watching Myself Play

We have talked about using video to review your own game at the DinkTank. Some of the consistent things we think we are doing better than we do. Keep your paddle up Move your feet Play easier shots to reduce unforced errors It is boring advice but it holds consistent for my game and franklyContinue reading “5 Lessons I Learned from Watching Myself Play”

3 Skills to Improve if You’re Stuck at 4.0

Summer is coming. That would have been a much more enjoyable Game of Thrones plot. It definitely is something to look forward to when it comes to pickleball. The chance to get in more sessions (without paying for court time) and to improve the game.  General Statements about My Game:Strong ForehandStrong DefenderAbove Average AthleticismAbove AverageContinue reading “3 Skills to Improve if You’re Stuck at 4.0”

3 Ways to Neutralize a Banger

We all consider ourselves pickleball purists – 3rd shot drops, dinkathons, speed ups and eloquent winners. However, the pace of play can at times be dictated by the lowest common denominator. The dreaded bangers. Banger [bang-er]NounA person that only drives the ball, a neanderthalHey DinkTankNorm – man that guy is a banger, all he doesContinue reading “3 Ways to Neutralize a Banger”

Why We Use Video for a Health Checkup

While it may seem like a little bit of overkill to take video of your games, it can serve as a good health check on your game from time to time.  Taking video actually takes a little effort and it doesnt need to be perfect to capture what you want. People may look at youContinue reading “Why We Use Video for a Health Checkup”

5 Reasons The Two Handed Backhand Has Helped My Game

Have you ever seen a player run around every backhand to make sure they hit a forehand? Do you play with someone that hits weak defensive backhands that are effectively weak pop ups or fly to deep because of poor paddle control?  Well I have been both of those players – sometimes just trading offContinue reading “5 Reasons The Two Handed Backhand Has Helped My Game”

Key to Victory: PPA Men’s Doubles Semi-Finals

Not to overstate the obvious – but hit more winners and make fewer errors. It is a simple formula really but we like to use numbers to capture the performances on the court. Dink Tank broke down the men’s doubles semi-finals matches. Newman/Wright 2 games vs. Koller/Wilson 1 game Johns/Johns 2 games vs. Smith/Cassidy 0Continue reading “Key to Victory: PPA Men’s Doubles Semi-Finals”

Play Like a Pro: How to Not Let Your Backhand Beat You

In your average drop in game, there aren’t a lot of players that have a dominant backhand like Matt Wright and Ben Johns. Some of the pros don’t even have a trusty backhand (Tyson McGuffin, anyone?). What is important for your game is how do you make sure it does not become a liability onContinue reading “Play Like a Pro: How to Not Let Your Backhand Beat You”

How to Get the Engine Running (Proper Warmup)

I have typically approached sport with the philosophy – “You don’t warm Up a Ferrari”. Obviously this is absolutely moronic, so we will walk you through a quick five minute warm up session that can get you the variety you need to make sure your 2nd match takes place on the winner’s court. Dinking IContinue reading “How to Get the Engine Running (Proper Warmup)”