Next Level 350 Series

Thank you for attending Lesson 11 of our 12 week Training Series! Please note that lessons do not have to be taken in numerical order. You are welcome to start anytime during the 3 month rotation.
Here are your notes and homework from class. Keep practicing to solidify all you learned.
Looking forward to seeing you next week!


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Dink Mechanic

  • Soft hand, Soft stable wrist, Soft body
  • Contact point out in front- about 12″ in front of your toes
  • Laid back wrist
  • Don’t take paddle back past your body
  • Slow smooth swing tempo consistent speed all the way through the shot
  • Guide the ball don’t strike the ball

RESPECT THE X: who should hit the middle ball?

  • Imagine an X in the middle zone (zone 2) of the NVZ
  • If a ball is coming middle but on a diagonal towards a certain player- that person takes the ball
    • It is coming straight into their paddle rather than across their paddle
  • The Diagonal of the X is the determining factor of who should take it

Bowtie Dinking Drill

  • Players stand straight on skinny
  • This is cooperative- alternating forehand and backhand dinks trying to maintain the rally and control
    • If rally get chaotic- stop the ball and start again
  • Round #1 Player 1 hits all dinks down the line and Player 2 hits all dinks cross court
  • Round #2 Player 2 hits all dinks down the line and Player 1 hits all dinks cross court

Purposeful Play: Squaring up to the ball

  • Your best ready position is to square up to the ball- not to the net in front of you
  • Follow through wherever you have placed your last shot and you will be squared up to the ball
  • Unit Turn- Toes, Hips, Shoulders and Paddle all point to where the ball is
  • Use your paddle as the director of this movement.  It is a heat seeking missile hunting for the ball