Pickleball: Slow It Down

In my last pickleball post, I included a link to an article which explained that there doesn’t necessarily have to be dinking in any given pickleball game. If you missed that essay, you can catch it at this link:

There’s No Dinking in Pickleball

Below is a short video explaining the opposite view, i.e. why you need to use the slow game (which includes dinking).


Top 3 Reasons You Should Slow The Game Down | Pickleball Quick Tip

 

If you are convinced that this is something you would like to learn, Deb Harrison explains the general technique in the video below. At one point, she was a proponent of what she referred to as the “elephant dink.” She has since revised her thinking and is now a proponent of a slightly different dinking style.

Here is a video explaining her revised, new technique for hitting the dink.



NOTE – One of the key points she makes is to ALWAYS FACE THE BALL. This is good advice for all shots as champion Sarah Ansboury advocates.

If you would like to improve your soft/slow pickleball skills, here are three videos by 5.0 player Jordan Briones to help you practice dinking.


Pickleball Dink Drill | Straight On Dinks

 

Pickleball Dink Drill | Forehand Dinks

 

Pickleball Dink Drill | Backhand Dink

 

I hope you have found these helpful and that you are inspired to try to improve your dinking!

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Skinny Pickleball, What?

Jordan Briones is a 5.0 pickleball player and coach. Jordan has created videos suggesting ways to improve pickleball skills. In the clip below, he demonstrates a version of the game he calls “half-court singles.” Others have referred to it as “skinny singles.”

This caught my eye because it is something I have done in the past. Basically, this version of pickleball is for two players and requires both players to play on ONLY half the court.

It can be played several ways:

A) – Stay on one side of the court for the serve and subsequent hits. Any ball hit on the other side (half) of the court loses. An additional nuance is to change sides after even and odd serves, but still keep to only the one side of the court.

B) Play cross court. Each player needs to keep hitting the ball diagonally for the entire point. Any ball not hit diagonally into the appropriate court loses.

C) Serve diagonally and then move play to the receivers half of the court for all subsequent shots for that point.

D) A similar variation of your own choosing and design restricting the area of play to encourage accuracy.

The game can be played to a score of five, seven, etc. or any number up to eleven.

The benefit of this version of the game is that it forces players to be more accurate.

Watch the video and see what you think.

 

**NOTE** This is an excerpt of one part of the video that I found particularly useful. It is excerpted and published here with the permission of Jordan Briones. If you wish to watch the entire video, you can click on the YouTube icon on the bottom-right of the video window or visit this link – https://youtu.be/plerTAwoYXM

 

To See Pickleball Videos Covering Many Aspects of the Game Click Here (primarily for beginners and less experienced players)

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