Next Level 350 Series

Thank you for attending Lesson 3 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
  • Square up to the ball and not the net

Inside/Outside Dinking Drill

  • Players stand cross court from one another at the NVZ 
  • 1 Player dinks to inside foot then to outside foot alternating
  • Other Player works on foot work and unit turn and just hits back to their partner- reset to inside foot when pulled out wide

Lift Dink vs Push Dink

Lift Dink–  the defensive dink, keeps you safe and in play

  • Has a little lift to it – will see that in the swing plane – not too high of trajectory bc you don’t want it attackable
  • It is not a deep dink- more shallow 
  • Use this when you are in trouble and need to stay in the point-  like if you are pulled out really wide or off balance
  • Slow your swing down and just lift dink it back into play

 

Push Dink– the offensive dink, used to pressure your opponent and move them around

  • Push forward through the ball
  • Deep Diving Dink aimed for foot depth
  • Use this when you are balanced, in position and looking to create imbalance and opportunities from your opponent

2 Ball Lift Dink Drill

  • 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

Lift & Push Alternator Drill

  • Players play straight on to each other
  • Player 1 is simply hitting the dink to their partner like a feed- consistent and unattackable
  • Player 2 is alternating between a lift dink and a push dink
  • 2 min round then switch roles