3 Secrets to Improve Your Dinking Strategy with Steve Dawson – Pickleball 411

3 Secrets to Improve Your Dinking Strategy with Steve Dawson – Pickleball 411

Improve your dinking by using these three secrets and boost your game overnight! In this informative episode of Pickleball 411, pickleball pro Steve Dawson shows us useful dinking skills that will bring your game to a whole new level.  Steve has developed these tips over years of experience as an instructor and owner at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club and we have added helpful graphics and even slow motion footage to visually illustrate his advice in action. This episode is full of useful information that you can put into practice immediately!

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  1. Kevin Ruback on April 13, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    No reason to be cruel, Josh. A LOT of players take a while to get this straight. Good answer from the Pickleball Channel. Interesting advice. I”ll definitely have to try it.

  2. Third Shot Sports on April 13, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    This is a very good video. Steve definitely knows his stuff and he explains it in a concise way. Players would be good to follow this advice.

  3. Don Geo on April 13, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Steve, I like to always take the ball out of the air. But I find if I am working my way to the net, taking the ball out of the air leads to a high ball and of course a pickleball sandwich. Maybe I should be short hopping the ball if possible while moving up to the net?

  4. John Matthews on April 13, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks Steve. Awesome tips.

    By the way, you can get Personalized Pickleball Paraphernalia at https://picklrz.com/store. The sportswear is great for pickup games where nobody knows each other that well, because your name is right on it.

  5. Mike Carey on April 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Okay, stop with the secrets thing. Good info. though. IMO hit the dink diagonally, you have a longer runway to land.

  6. Cheesy mouser on April 13, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    I loveDinking <3 <3 <3!!!!!!!!~!!

  7. M Meyers on April 13, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Can you cover who takes the middle of the court ball. Is it always the for hand? How do ladies handle poachers diplomatically?

  8. Jeffry van der Hulst on April 13, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Very useful video with a different insight on dinking.

  9. bob harmon on April 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Questions regarding stepping into the NVZ are answered in the rules 9 E, 9F, and 9G!

  10. Gary Bristow on April 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    I had a question, it looks like you are stepping into the kitchen a few seconds before the ball even bonces in the kitchen. I thought we had to wait till in actually bounced? Or if it is obvious that is will be bouncing in he kitchen is it then okay to step in before like this. I mean it is very close on the video, but in some cases it does look like your stepping in a bit before.

  11. VIVA GEOCENTRISM on April 13, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    When ball bounces in kitchen is it ok to step in with both feet to hit ball back and then get out right away? Or can only 1 foot go in and second foot has to stay behind line?

  12. Lynda Billars on April 13, 2021 at 9:14 pm


  13. Pam Smith on April 13, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    I’m a newbie and I am having the hardest time keeping score, I just can’t seem to get it.Any ideas? That and when to shift sides of the court, there’s so many people telling me different things, it’s con fusing.

  14. David Lee on April 13, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    I’m new to pickleball and was reading some rules. One of the rules said it’s a fault if your momentum after a shot carries you into the kitchen. Is this true? This video seems to contradict that.

  15. Sam SIII on April 13, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Well recorded video and demonstration, Steve’s footwork and hand control strength are excellent which demonstrated was in this video.
    1. He lowered his body and bended his knee to hit the ball in the air ( to let the opponent has less reaction time according to what he said),
    2. Is not easy to get the PB over the net when the ball is still in the air, because of the weight and spins of the ball ( this need years of practice and judgement).
    3. Hitting the 1st timing dinking shot is not easy either as the timing of hitting the ball and the footwork movement have to be well-coordinated.

    Well done Pickleball Channel and Steve to make such a great video for us. 2 thumbs up!!!

  16. Ferguson For Chautauqua on April 13, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    I noticed his foot enters/steps into the kitchen "before" the ball hits, is that legal??

  17. Pj Pj on April 13, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Does the ball have to bounce before you can step into the kitchen to meet the ball?

  18. Ann Maes on April 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    You are coming very close to stepping into the NVZ before the bounce