»RUSTY: Hi! Welcome to a new episode
of Pickleball 411. I’m Rusty, and this show from Pickleball Channel is all about
providing helpful information about the sport of pickleball. This week we’re going to
talk about the benefits of the cross-court dink. So, let’s learn and play.
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of pickleball players everywhere. »RUSTY: Today on Pickleball 411, I am super
excited to be here with Steve Paranto. He’s been playing pickleball for 41 years and has helped a lot
of people improve their game. He’s actually invited us to his backyard court. Thank you so much for inviting us.
»STEVE: You’re welcome. »RUSTY: And he’s going to share a little bit about dinking. Steve, why is dinking important?
»STEVE: It’s a shot that you must have if you want to excel and be a 5.0 player.
»RUSTY: And all the top players are doing it to win tournaments regularly. But it’s
not always easy. So he’s going to show some tips on how to improve your
accuracy. Now let’s break it down. ♪♪ playful music ♪♪ »STEVE: So the dink shot is that soft shot that just
goes over the net and lands in the no volley zone or the kitchen. You really have two options. You can hit across
to the opponent directly across from you, or you can hit cross-court
or diagonal. The diagonal shot has two big advantages.
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about dinking cross-court or diagonal, is it allows you to have more area
so you can hit the ball shorter so that your opponent can’t jump all over the ball.
If you’re dinking directly across from you, you have very little space to work with. You have
to hit about an eleven foot shot to hit a good dink. If I’m dinking diagonal, I can hit
that 11 foot shot, or I can hit an 18 foot shot. So, a big advantage of dinking
cross-court, it allows you to hit shorter balls so that your opponent
doesn’t smash it back at you. ♪♪ playful music ♪♪
Another advantage of dinking cross-court is you have a greater margin
of error on height, so you can miss a little bit. If you’re dinking directly across from
you, you have to stay very low over the net. By dinking cross-court, I have about another
8 inches that I can work with. If I hit it just a little bit too high,
I still have length to work with so it lands in the no volley zone so my
opponent can’t smash it back at me. ♪♪ playful music ♪♪ Sometimes when you visually see something
it makes it way more easy to understand, so I use this to teach people about the length
that you have when you dink cross-court. It’s a golf ball picker-upper and I’ve
just attached a pickleball at the end. And it telescopes. So now
my students can visually see how much more room they have
when they dink cross-court. So the advantage of this
visual aid is that it shows that I don’t have very much length
to work with if I dink directly across. Whereas if I dink cross-court,
that’s a great dink. And I even have more space to work
with, and it’s still a very good dink. This visual aid will also show
you how dinking directly across too high, you’re going to get
smashed. But if I dink cross- court, the ball’s going
to have time to drop with the very same height, so that
my opponent can’t smash that shot back at me. So work on your cross-court dink.
It’s actually easier than hitting directly across from you. You’ll find
that it really improves your game. ♪♪ playful music ♪♪ ♪♪ playful music ♪♪ »RUSTY: So that’s your Pickleball 411 for today.
Steve, thank you so much for letting us come to your beautiful backyard court. This has been fantastic,
and thanks for sharing your knowledge about dinking. Everybody, we really hope this has been helpful.
Now there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s go play!
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