Let’s Play DINGLES!

World renown pickleball pro Simone Jardim (se-MOAN-eh jhar-GEME) has introduced a new competitive drill that can be played as a game.

DINGLES focuses on cross-court dink consistency and transitioning into a full court point.

Watch Simone’s video from PrimeTime Pickleball:

Here are the basics for playing DINGLES:

Two points are available within each DINGLES play:

  • One point for the team that doesn’t make the first error.
  • One point for the team that doesn’t make the second error.

One team can score two points on each DINGLES play or points can be split between the two teams depending on who makes the errors.


  • Play with four players.
  • Players begin at the kitchen.


  • At the start of each DINGLES play, two balls are used at the same time and you must dink the ball cross-court to your opponent.
  • The ball must stay in the kitchen, and you must hit the ball to your cross-court opponent’s half of the kitchen.
  • Continue cross-court dinking to your opponent until one of the four players makes an error and their ball is no longer in play. (Example:  hit wide, too long, or into the net.)
  • If you are the player who makes the error, you shout “DINGLES” and all four players now play with the remaining live ball.
  • If your team committed the error, your opponents score one point.


  • All four players now continue playing with the remaining live ball.
  • Players can hit anywhere on the court and to either opponent. Dinks, drives, lobs, and smashes are all allowed.
  • Play continues until  one of the four players makes an error and the ball is no longer in play.
  • If your team committed the error, your opponents score one point.


  • Be sure to rotate with your partner so that you practice both forehand and backhand cross-court dinking.
  • Be prepared to try DINGLES a few times to get the hang of it.
  • You will find that it improves your cross-court dinking, your transition from dinking to whole court play, and your patience.
  • ENJOY!

3 Secrets to Improve Your Dinking Strategy

From the Pickleball Channel

Improve your dinking by using these three secrets and boost your game overnight!

In this informative episode of Pickleball 411, pickleball pro Steve Dawson shows us useful dinking skills that will bring your game to a whole new level.  Steve has developed these tips over years of experience as an instructor and owner at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club and we have added helpful graphics and even slow motion footage to visually illustrate his advice in action.

This episode is full of useful information that you can put into practice immediately!

Wall Drills

Here are some great ideas for wall drills by Joe Baker.

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Wall drills are good for…

  • incorporating into your warm up,
  • working on specific skills and shots,
  • getting 7 -10 the number of touches on the ball than during a game,
  • improving your hand-eye coordination,
  • creating muscle memory to keep your paddle up and in front of you, and
  • achieving a better ‘touch’ for the ball.

Dare to Drill – Defend Against Hard Hitters

From the PickleballChannel

What do you do when your opponent starts blasting balls at you and you’re stuck playing defense, barely keeping your head above water?

There’s actually a way you can take those hard hit balls and slow them down, making your opponent play your game.  Hear from 5.0 player Scott Moore as he talks about a helpful strategy he uses to slow the ball down and reset the point.

In this episode of Pickleball 411, Scott lays out why this technique is helpful, how to do it, and even gives a drill to practice this skill with your partner. This is a great, quick video that can make a difference in your pickleball strategy.

Using YouTube to Improve Your Play

From Joel Shaber, our Treasure Valley resident pickleball strategist:

“Watching instructional videos and high level matches on YouTube is a good way to improve your understanding of pickleball.”

youtubeIt’s surprising how much one can learn from watching pickleball being played. And YouTube has so many pickleball videos that it can be a bit overwhelming to navigate.

Joel has done some research and hand picked the following videos to help Boise Pickleball Club players improve their game.

He has chosen videos that cover two areas: instructional videos and match play.

  • Watch the instructional videos to see how to work on specific shots and skills.
  • Watch the match play videos to see how highly skilled players execute the shots and skills demonstrated in the instructional videos.

Grab some popcorn and then click on the links to open the YouTube videos.

Instructional Videos:

Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101 – How to Play Smart Pickleball (29 minutes)

Pickleball 411: Improve Your Game with the Soft Return (4 minutes)

Pickleball 411: Third Shot Drill (4 minutes)

Doubles Pickleball Strategy 201 – Dinking Strategy (11 minutes)

Doubles Pickleball Strategy 102 – Smart Pickleball Vol. 2, Power (9 minutes)

High Level Match Play:

2015.09.11 – Moore, Daniel – Staub, Matt vs Juergens, Jay – Hudachko, Peter (8 minutes)

Nationals WD Ansboury / LeMaster vs Carr / Jardim (34 minutes)

Villages Pickleball Exhibition Gabrielsen and Elliot vs. Miller and Staub (6 minutes)

U.S. Open Pickleball Championships – Men’s Doubles 4.5 (6 minutes)

Encinitas Pickleball Grand Prix Men’s 5.0 Final Game 3 (11 minutes)