Do you struggle with control on your dinks? If you do or if you’d simply like your dinking to be better then this is the lesson for you. In this video, we’ll cover a dinking drill that you can do every time you play that will help you be in control of the point when you get into dink rallies at the non volley zone line. Check out the video…


Hey guys welcome to PrimeTime pickleball. My name is Jordan Briones. And today we’re going to go over a dink pattern drill which is really going to improve your placement on your dinks.

So this is going to be very helpful in your game because you’re going to be able to move your opponent around and gain very offensive advantage on the court.

I just want you guys to see how I’ve setup up this drill. OK, so basically I have three cones here all on the right side of the court and I’m facing my partner.

This is going to be cone #1 towards the sideline, cone #2 in the middle of the side and cone #3 towards the middle of the court. Okay, so cone #1 would be to a right hander’s forehand, #2 would be at their body and #3 would be to their backhand.

Now, the cones are set very close to the net but they’re just an indicator of the direction to hit the ball. I’m going to be aiming anywhere after the cone.

These are dink patterns that will help you with your game because they work on your dink placement as they give you a purpose of where to hit the ball and it will teach you how to really get your opponent moving and thinking.

Katrina and I will demonstrate. She will hit the ball anywhere.

But what I’m going to do is to pick a pattern that I’m going to follow for this exercise. Okay so the first pattern I’m going to pick is the 1, 3 pattern. So, I’m going to hit towards cone #1 and then #3 and repeat that pattern. Okay Katrina can hit the ball anywhere she wants. Anyone can start the drill by feeding the ball. I will feed this one to start it off.

Here we go. So I go 1, 3, 1, 3 and she is hitting the ball anywhere she wants, moving me around and I am going 1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1.

So now let’s try a different pattern. Let’s say a 1, 3, 2 pattern. Okay so when I’m going to hit it to her forehand then her backhand and then the middle towards her body.

Here we go 1, 3, 2. I didn’t quite make it to that cone. Again, 1, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2.

Now let’s try another random pattern. Katrina, why don’t you call out 4 or 5 numbers and then I’m going to follow that sequence.

2, 3, 2, 1.

Okay so let me try to follow that pattern. Here we go, and you dink anywhere, Starting with 2, 2, 3, 2, 1. Oops, missed, let’s try it again and just reset at 2, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 2, 1.

All right, good.

So basically you can follow any pattern you like and you and your partner can switch off and take turns.

You can even set up cones on each side and you both could follow different patterns simultaneously. Now this is really going to help in your placement and you can even make a game out of it.

I hope you really enjoy learning this drill. This is going to really work on your placement on your dinks and it’s going to allow you to move and dictate the point when you’re up at the net. Thanks so much for joining us and we’ll see you in the next video.

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