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Big Z Featured on Pickleball Fire Podcast

Check out one of the latest Pickleball Fire Podcast episodes where I was interviewed by host, Lynn Cherry. We discuss my career is the Sports Technology space and how Vizual Edge can help elevate your Pickleball performance with different tracking and visual processing exercises. Also discussed how we took a hoppy I’ve never heard of…

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4 Ways to Beat Bangers

My buddy @dinktanknorm had the facebookers in a tizzy yesterday with his kickass blog 3 Reasons I Love to Play Against Bangers. People came to defend bangers or disparage them based on whatever style of play their used to. One thing I noticed was that the term bangers seems to have a mixed reaction so…

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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 of…

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3 Ways to Enhance Your Pickleball Paddle like a Pro

If you’re here, you’ve joined the millions of us around the world who love the sport of pickleball. Like others, I started off by purchasing a low cost paddle set so that I could play with friends. After fully committing to pickleball, I decided to upgrade to a more expensive paddle. I really like my…

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Pistol Pete Pistol Whipped in Pickleball

Shout-out to Eric Abraham (30) rocking the Pistol Pete Maravich Utah Jazz jersey. Abraham advanced to the second round of today’s Men’s Singles tournament, defeating Tito Lladro (35) in two straight. Unfortunately for Abraham, he ran into a buzzsaw in Tyler Loong (3) losing in two straight (11-7, 11-3.) He may not have defeated Loong,…

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Fact or Fiction: 2022 Atlanta Grand Slam

There’s an excitement around this weekend’s Acrytech Atlanta Grand Slam that I haven’t seen in the past couple tournaments. Pros Ben Johns, Anna Leigh Waters, and Leigh Waters all make their return to the court after taking the past few tournaments off. The three pros have had a hot start to the 2022 tour season…

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3 Ways to Turn Defense Into Offense in Pickleball

3 Ways to Turn Defense Into Offense in Pickleball

Pickleball, like most other sports, involves both offense and defense. On offense, you look to attack and take advantage of your opponents’ weaknesses. On defense, you are looking to defend against the attack in order to set yourself up for best chance to score. Offenses and Defenses must work together for best gameplay. I came…

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3 Reasons your backhand isn't improving

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 (if…

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Gritgate 2022 JOOLA Testing Response

Gritgate 2022: JOOLA Testing Response

To get caught up with all the paddle news coming out of the US Open Pickleball Championships, take a look at my blog from yesterday: Does Pickleball Have a Paddle Problem? Gritgate 2022 After the controversial testing video surfaced last weekend, where JOOLA pickleball paddles were deemed “not good, you don’t want me to keep…

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Does Pickleball Have a Paddle Problem? Gritgate 2022

Coming out of the US Open Pickleball Championships the biggest talking point was not the winners who took home gold, it was paddle talk. A popular paddle brand, CRBN, was notified by USA Pickleball (USAP) that their paddles did not pass the USAP paddle requirements for surface roughness. This meant that professional athletes, both sponsored…

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5 Lessons I Learned from Watching Myself Play - Cover

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 frankly…

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3 Ways to Improve Your Serve...Without Hitting it Harder - IG

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 athleticism…

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5 Elements of the Forehand Roll

5 Elements of the Forehand Roll

Dink battles are one of my guilty pleasures in pickleball. I recently wrote 5 Ways To Get Yourself Out of a Dink Battle and one of those ways was the Forehand Roll. I’ve been working on adding the Forehand Roll to my game. It was something I had no familiarity with but was amazed when…

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5 Signs of a Healthy Pickleball Addiction

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 find…

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3 Skills to Improve if You're Stuck at 4.0

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 Average…

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My Favorite Pickleball Accounts to Follow

My Favorite Pickleball Accounts to Follow

We all know the fun fact that Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States. It’s a fact that is so over-used in the pickleball communities that it has become boring to me. But the fact is important to this blog. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US due to the…

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3 Places Your Footwork Needs Help

3 Places Your Footwork Needs Help

I had a suspicion that when I hit a bad shot, 9 times out of 10 it was because my feet were out of place. We started recording many of pickleball sessions recently, and I realized that was a mistake. My feet weren’t out of place on 9 of 10 of my bad shots; they…

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