If you ever want to become an advanced pickleball player you have to understand the strategy that I'm about to go through I've said this many times but to get to a high level you need to master your soft game in today's video specifically we're going to go over the strategy of thinking and playing with all four players are at the kitchen if.
You're the type of player that doesn't understand this then I suggest you watch this full video because it could literally transform your game to start guys we need to address what the goal of dinking even is when we're dinking we're trying to lure our opponents into hitting us an easier ball that we can accelerate on I'll go over how to.
Identify these easier balls later in the video on the other hand we're also trying not to give your opponent an easier ball that they can accelerate on put that together in an actual point and it should look something like this okay all right guys before we get into dinking strategy I want to go over a few.
Golden rules that will help us be effective at the kitchen rule number one is that when you're in a dinking situation you should try to take the ball out of the air whenever possible even when the ball is low you should be able to bend your knees like this and take the ball out of the air just know that you have way more control out of.
The air of the kitchen and you want to try your best not to get pushed back because of this even when the ball bounces in front of you you want to try your best to hold your ground the second Golden Rule of dinking is that you shouldn't be afraid to hit the ball as it's rising I say this because many players tend to back up excessively.
Because they feel like they need to be hitting the ball on the way down remember try to minimize how often you move back at the kitchen the third Golden Rule of thinking is that you should always try to hit your dinks in front of your body if you're ever going to make contact with the wall behind you because it's too low to take out of the.
Air yet still deep this is where you need to back up slightly to back up simply take that on one foot to give yourself enough space so that you can take the ball out in front you never want to take unnecessary steps all right so now let's get into the different sections of the kitchen when we're thinking about the depth of our dinks.
There are three main areas to consider the shallow Zone the neutral zone and the pressurized Zone when we hit a dink into the pressurized Zone this makes it more difficult for our opponents to respond a dig into the neutral zone or shallow Zone will be easier for them to get back the general term for a dink that we hit into the pressurized zone is.
A push take this is a more aggressive tank that increases the likelihood your opponent will pop the ball up things that we hit into the shallow zone or neutral zone will make it easier for our opponents to respond but they can be effective in mixing the ball up and defending against hard push dinks the question is how do you decide which.
Dinks to use just know that the main thing that determines our shot selection in the kitchen is the height of the bowl looking at this chart you most likely should only go for a push tank if you're making contact with the ball in the yellow zone if you're hitting the ball in the Red Zone you're probably under some pressure this is your cue to go for.
A safer dink that gets you back into an even place in the rally now that we've covered the different types of things we need to consider where to hit them left and right an important thing to understand is that if you hit the ball Cross Court at the kitchen you have significantly more space because of this you can hit the ball.
Harder without putting it into your opponent's Strike Zone going down the line can be effective too but high level players hit most of their dinks Cross Court another common question I get asked is what kind of spin player should use in their dinks just know that there are two main options topspin and slice Top Spin dinks will end up making it a.
Little trickier for your opponents to time the ball because of this many players use Top Spin when they do their push tanks in order to get topspin you just need to make sure your paddle is going from low to high while it's moving forward slice things are great all around you can use them for push things and more defensive dinks to hit your.
Sledge tank you should use a level motion but lead with the bottom edge of the paddle looking at this example Point here you'll see that I use Cross Court topspin push things that set me up to accelerate and win the point on this point however I end up hitting a dead dink which allows my opponent to accelerate on me a dead tank is where.
You hit the dink high with little spinner Direction This is the number one type of dink that you need to avoid if you want to get to that high level by the way guys watching your videos online is great but every player has a different playing style and is at a different level if you want custom coaching for me we.
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Technique or you just want to check up on your strategy I guarantee that I can help you if you're interested head to the link in the description okay guys now I want to get into some more advanced thinking strategy specifically in regards to placement we can go very deep on where exactly you need to hit each dink but just know that the main.
Thing you're trying to do is get it out of your opponent's Strike Zone this generally means that you're aiming deep in the pressurized Zone to their sides these are the type of dinks that will cause pop-ups another thing to consider is that many players favor their forehand dink so don't be afraid to go more middle if you're going cross-court.
In order to Target their backhand the main thing though is that when you're digging you're trying to consistently move the ball around to keep your opponents off balance you never want to be predictable so that they have time to think so when you're drinking try your best to move the ball around between these main targets you can also mix it.
Up by throwing in shorter dinks before deeper ones so that your opponents are always guessing looking at some example points here Luis does a great job using a push dink in order to get a higher ball from Drew that he can accelerate on in this point we get into a longer thinking exchange but I want to highlight a good dig kit here see how.
Uncomfortable this was for Louise to move back for he's a good player so he was still able to get it back but just know that you can hit push things like this consistently You're Going to Be an Effective player of the kitchen my personal favorite way to practice accuracy on my dinks is by using the dink pad if you're someone that.
Struggles with dinks the targets and references are a great way to practice moving the ball around and keeping it low one of the best drills for the dink pad is where you intentionally hit the ball so it lands at your feet this way you can work on deciding between using a volley dink or the pivot technique at the end of the day wall training is just.
An awesome way to get thousands of more reps per week that will increase your coordination and help you improve faster if you want to check out the dink pad head to the link in the description the last thing I want to go through in regards to Kitchen strategy is when we should accelerate and use a speed up going back to my chart here if you're.
Making contact with the ball in the green zone or higher this is your cue to go big if you're in the yellow zone your speed UPS will still work if they're well placed but they'll be more difficult to pull off I think if you feel that you have faster hand than the player in front of you you can use some yellow zone speed ups but if you're.
Planning someone that you think has really fast hands you want to be more careful and wait for better opportunities in the green zone I don't want to go too much into the technique of speed ups but just know that you'll have to hit a lot of them out of the air as well as off the bounce also when you accelerate it's usually smarter to go.
Down the line because the person is standing way closer to you in terms of specific targets Your Best Bets are down the middle the right shoulder and down the line by hitting your speed UPS here you'll keep the ball out of your opponent's Strike Zone and it'll be tricky for them to respond looking at this example Point Luis gets a higher.
Ball and goes for a volley speed up directly at Drew's right hip on this point I get a higher volley and I'm able to speed up right at his right shoulder here which makes it very tough for him like I said earlier understanding the strategy is a necessity if you want to become an advanced pickleball player I can assure you though if you put in the.
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