What are some common pickleball terms and their meanings?

  1. Serve: The initial shot hit by a player to begin a rally.
  2. Fault: Any violation of the rules that results in a loss of serve or point.
  3. Double bounce: When both the serving team and the receiving team let the ball bounce once before playing it.
  4. Volley: Hitting the ball in the air before it bounces on the ground.
  5. Dink: A soft shot hit just over the net with the intention of making it difficult for the opponent to return.
  6. Lob: A high-arcing shot hit over the opponent's head to force them to move back and reset.
  7. Smash: A hard, overhead shot hit with force and speed to end a rally.
  8. Kitchen: The non-volley zone, a 7-foot area on either side of the net where players are not allowed to volley the ball.
  9. Drop shot: A shot hit with backspin to make the ball drop quickly and close to the net.
  10. Side-out: When the serving team loses the serve and the other team takes over the serve.
  11. Let: A serve that hits the net and lands in the proper service court, resulting in a replay of the serve.
  12. Foot fault: A fault that occurs when a player steps into the non-volley zone before making contact with the ball.

These are just a few of the many terms used in pickleball, and understanding them can help players communicate and strategize on the court.

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