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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”

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”

3 Ways to Use Real Gameplay to Get Better

We have started to video some of our recent gameplay. While it seems over the top it really does highlight good points and some areas to improve. Hold the Line The following point offered a decent exchange of dinking between the players, the player in grey is the person in focus. A series of dinksContinue reading “3 Ways to Use Real Gameplay to Get Better”

3 Areas of Focus for My First League

This summer I will be playing in my first pickleball competition. While not an officially ranked tourney, we have organized a league from a subset of our regular groups – about 8 to 10 teams are playing. We will play each team at least once before we head to an end of season tournament.  AsContinue reading “3 Areas of Focus for My First League”

Pickle-lytics: Winners vs. Unforced Errors

The Ororo PPA Indoor National Championships took place this past weekend. We took a deeper dive into the men’s doubles semi-finals of Wright/Newman vs. Wilson/Koller.  Wilson/Koller advanced to the finals in three games (11-7, 2-11, 12-10). Unforced Errors & Winners This will be a common Dink Tank theme as we try to evaluate the professionals’Continue reading “Pickle-lytics: Winners vs. Unforced Errors”

Foot Solutions Grand Slam – By the Numbers (Part Deux)

From February 16th to the 20th the Foot Solutions Arizona Grand Slam was held. Ben Johns went on to win the triple crown of mixed doubles, singles and doubles. Here at the Dink Tank we took a deeper by the numbers dive into the men’s final between Ben & Collin Johns and Matt Wright &Continue reading “Foot Solutions Grand Slam – By the Numbers (Part Deux)”

Casting a Wide Net? Why That Might Be a Problem… MotW Week 8

One thing us northern pickleballers contend with is figuring out how to feed our addiction in the winter months. We’re plenty hearty up here and tend to play longer than we should outdoors. One of the reasons we resist, though, is when we are forced indoors, the playing conditions are usually imperfect. While the warmContinue reading “Casting a Wide Net? Why That Might Be a Problem… MotW Week 8”