Dinking is when you softly hit the ball into your opponent’s kitchen or non-volley zone. The reason this shot is hit so often is to reset those balls. You do this because you don’t want to pop those balls up and have your opponent slam them down. So if you can reset every ball into the kitchen, you’re going to be golden. You can eventually find ways to be on the offensive, but you’ve got to start with the ability to reset balls into the kitchen.
Your goal is to be up at that kitchen line holding your ground and not shifting back. Here you want to be in the ready position with your paddle up.