Episode 5: Patience, Grasshopper
In this episode, Prem discusses why it’s important to be patient on the court, and maybe more importantly, how to be more patient.
Here’s the Henry Abbott Hero Ball article (like we said in the podcast, hero ball is not a positive strategy!).
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Dale Voigt says
I don’t like the 30 dinks before you can speed up the ball idea. It teaches one to pass up on shots that one should be aggressive on. It also does not punish bad dinks witch teaches one to just put the ball over and don’t worry if the ball is attackable or not. “In tournament play its important to try strategies your opponent doesn’t expect or that may highlight your strength and/or their weaknesses—do what you need to win. This applies to your third shot and beyond. One must remember that the reason you are dinking is to better control the pace of the game while waiting for your opponent to hit a high dink that you can put away. Patience is a big part of the “dink” game. So if your opponent does not dink very well dinking would be a good strategy. On the other hand, if they have trouble with a hard hit ground stroke and return it high then bring on the hard shot so you can finish the point. So, if you can win by banging – then bang away! In the end, it’s more about playing to your strengths and your opponents weaknesses. That said, you still need a great third shot drop and an effective dink to compete—the question is just when to use it.” Jennifer Lucore
I agree with whole heartedly. The 30 dink drill is only the beginning of a long process. The 30 dink effort is to learn the patience part. The drills after is attack if the dink is attackable.
But this is to get people to focus on keeping the ball short and unattackable.
I am all about aggression as long it is there
Hope it makes sense
Fred Young says
Very good info for all levels of play
Mike Harris says
I really enjoy the tips on pickleball, but the podcast audio quality is very uneven and sometimes difficult to understand. I would love to listen and be able to hear everything you have to say!