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DINK SHOT work with. You have to hit about an 11-foot shot to hit a good dink. If I’m dinking diagonal, I can hit that 11-foot shot, or I can hit an 18-foot shot. So, a big advantage of dinking crosscourt is it allows you to hit shorter balls so that your opponent doesn’t smash it back at you. HEIGHT ADVANTAGE Another advantage of dinking cross-court is you have a greater margin of error on height, so you can miss a little bit. If you’re dinking directly across from you, you have to stay very low over the net. By dinking cross-court, I have about another 8 inches that I can work with. If I hit it just a little bit too high, I still have length to work with. So, if it lands in the non-volley zone, my opponent can’t smash it back at me. VISUAL AID people about the length that you have when you dink cross‑court. I’ve attached a pickleball at the end, and it telescopes. So now my students can visually see how much more room they have when they dink cross-court. The advantage of this visual aid is that it shows I don’t have very much length to work with if I dink directly across, whereas if I dink cross-court, that’s a great dink. I even have more space to work with. This visual aid will also show if you dink directly across too high, you’re going to get smashed. But if I dink cross-court, the ball’s going to have time to drop with the same height, so that my opponent can’t smash that shot back at me. So, work on your cross-court dink. It’s actually easier than hitting directly across from you. You’ll find that it really improves your game. Rusty: That’s your Pickleball 411 for today. We really hope this has been helpful. Now there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s Go Play!  • To watch the complete video version of this article and to see the cross-court dink demonstrated live, visit Pickleball Channel online. And consider becoming a subscriber of Pickleball Channel for free to receive weekly pickleball videos just like this one by going to http://www.pickleballchannel.com/subscribe. Special Thanks to: Steve Paranto Rusty Howes is the Executive Producer and creator of Pickleball Channel. Rusty worked for the likes of Warner Bros. and Disney before creating Pickleball Channel to develop and provide fantastic, professional video content for the pickleball community. He is deeply involved in promoting the sport of pickleball at home and across the country. Sometimes when you visually see something it makes it easier to understand, so I use a golf ball picker-upper to teach JUNE 2016 | MAGAZINE 41