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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 sponsoredContinue reading “Does Pickleball Have a Paddle Problem? Gritgate 2022”

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 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”

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”

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 theContinue reading “My Favorite Pickleball Accounts to Follow”

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”

Paddle Review: Franklin Ben Johns 13mm

Surely there are websites that will have more comprehensive gear and paddle reviews than DinkTank. It won’t be our goal to review every paddle from every brand, but when we do use a product we like and believe in, we like to let you know. So today’s our first paddle review and product we standContinue reading “Paddle Review: Franklin Ben Johns 13mm”