Learn how to avoid missing middle dinks in pickleball doubles - how the pros do it
By: Tony Roig | May 11, 2024 |

Learn how to avoid missing middle dinks in pickleball doubles – how the pros do it

Ever miss a middle dink and you and your partner look at each other with a “was that yours?” look on your faces?

Those middle shots are so powerful because it shuts down angles and it creates the potential for confusion and hesitation.

And momentary hesitation can causes mistakes.

In this video we contrast the champs (pro players JW Johnson and Dylan Frazier) with two solid pro players (Spencer Lanier and Jason Bock) and show you the differences in their clarity on those middle dinks.

0:00 Introduction to the middle dink error

0:52 Balls in the middle are a great way to bottle up the angles and cause the potential for hesitation and error

1:35 How Dylan Frazier and JW Johnson handle their middle dinks

2:24 How Spencer Lanier and Jason Bock handle their middle dinks

3:00 Middle dink responsibility is an area of lots of pickleball errors

3:30 Solving for this error area by increased clarity on which player will hit which shot

Thank you to the @TheAPPTour for all they do at the pro and amateur levels of pickleball play.

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Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.