Have you been looking for a simple drill that can improve your forehand dink?
If you have, this is the video for you. Let’s get right to it!
This drill is called the forehand, (or even-side) crosscourt dink drill. For this drill, we’ll only be using the right side of the court.
As you can see here, my partner and I start right up at the NVZ line. One of us will feed the ball, and the drill will begin.
Just like the previous video, the sideline will be out of bounds, along with an imaginary line going through the center of the NVZ.
This drill heavily focuses on the forehand crosscourt dink; unless you’re left-handed player-it will focus more on your backhand.
Since this is a crosscourt drill, I usually try to keep my dinks crosscourt, hitting dinks back to my opponents forehand.
However; as you can see in these points, it’s always good to mix it up and hit some dinks to the middle of the court, targeting your opponents backhand.
This drill is played out to 5 points, with no hard drives or hard volleys allowed.
Keeping track of the score while doing these drills will make you mentally tough in a game situation, and will teach you to play the higher percentage dink.
Remember, the goal of this drill is to out-dink your opponent with consistency and touch.
Let’s take a look at some of these rallies.
One thing that you should notice, is how I try my best to stay very close to that NVZ line, and also how I choose to take some dinks as volleys instead of backing up and letting the ball bounce.
Taking certain dinks as volleys, keeps me in a better position as the NVZ, and it also gives my opponent less time to react to their next shot.
After playing a few games to 5 points, you can switch it up, and also add hard drives and volleys, even lobs to this drill.
With both players starting out at the NVZ, you can start out dinking, and after a few dinks, make it a live ball.
Let’s take a look at some of these points.
As you do this drill more often, you’ll realize how much patience and consistency it takes to out-dink your opponent to win the point. The better you and your partner get, the longer your rallies will become, and in turn, you should see your dink game improve each time you step on the court.
So get out there and practice! And remember, keep dinking!
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