There’s a new dink in town…
When we talk about pickleball dinks. We mostly are talking about a shot hit from up at the NVZ line that is basically just pushed over the net in a gentle arc with not much spin into the opposing kitchen.
Or maybe it has a little backspin on it to help keep it lower.
A standard dink is hit with an open paddle face and very little swing (if you’re doing it right) and you just kinda bump it over the net.
The purpose is to make it unattackable and keep the rally going, wait for that ball to accidentally lift a little too high and then it’s go time.
BANG, BANG… point over!
What we’re seeing more and more, especially in tournament play, is that players are doing more with their dinks.
The idea is not only to make it unattackable but you are also actively trying to generate that accidental error from your opponent that puts them in a situation where they are more likely to lift that ball just a little too high which puts your team in a position to attack.
One strategy that we’re seeing deployed more and more in order to accomplish this is that players are putting some topspin on their dinks.
It’s called The Dink Dip. (You heard it hear first! PrimeTime Pickleball is coining the name/term Dink Dip, and 3rd Shot Dip, but that one’s for a different email 😉 )
So what is the Dink Dip (topspin dink) and why would you hit a topspin dink instead of a flat (no spin) or backspin dink and why is this more likely to generate a weak response from the opponent that has a greater chance of being an attackable shot for you?
A dink with topspin can still be hit with safe net clearance and can be hit in such a way that immediately after it crosses the net, it starts to dip down into the court at a faster rate than a flat or backspin dink would.
Additionally, when a ball with topspin hits the ground, it will actually speed up a bit and jump towards the player if hit directly at them or bounce more quickly away from a player if hit more away for them.
As a result, an opponent receiving a topspin dink is more likely to get jammed up, rushed or have to reach and make contact outside their comfort zone.
It will be much harder for an opponent to hit a clean response when receiving a topspin dink. Off paddle center hits will increase.
All these factors spell trouble for your opponent and they will very likely pop a lot more of these up for you to attack than a standard dink.
So start getting more aggressive with your dinks and add the topspin dink (Dink Dip!) to your arsenal of shots.
Jordan shows us how in the video at the top.
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