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Key Pickleball Strokes

The Dink

Dinking is essential to any pickleball strategy. This is a move that isn’t just an important part of your arsenal but should be your primary skill. Dinking is hitting the ball softly and making it drop straight to the ground after it passes the net.


A volley means hitting the ball before it bounces off the ground. This can be a move that throws off your opponent and allows you to control the pace of the game.


The opposite of volleys, groundstrokes are hitting the ball after it has bounced. Groundstrokes can be tricky as bounces don’t always come up to you in the same direction.

The Lob

Lobbing drills give you time to practice not just lobbing itself, but also overhead returns. Alternate with your opponent, one person lobbing and the other returning with overhead hits.

Approach Shot

Getting to the non-volley line quickly can be the difference between winning and losing. The player at the line has more ways to play the ball, but you have to be fast.