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What Shot Should You Hit? There Are Only 2 Choices

by The Dink Media Team on

In business, you’re either growing or you’re dying, according to Big Tom Callahan. In pickleball, you should either be on the attack, or hitting a ball that is unattackable.

So here's a valuable phrase for you to keep on the tip of your tongue:

Either attack, or keep the ball safe below the net line. There is no in-between.

An unattackable ball is one that bounces but stays below net height so it can’t be easily sped up.

There are three shots you are hitting if you're looking to stay unattackable:

  • The dink (tips here)
  • The third shot drop (tips here)
  • The reset (tips here)

We all know the dink should be unattackable. The third shot drop has a little wiggle room. If you can land it in the kitchen, you're already ahead of the game.

The reset is a little more difficult to master, but it's to best way to recover from a mistake and get back to neutral.

A reset recommendation from this video is to favor your backhand.


The backhand has a full range of motion. You can cover both sides of your body with the backhand.

And since you're not looking to attack, the lack of power is not a concern.

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