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The Pickleball Dictionary: The A’s of Pickleball

by Stacie Townsend

Pickleball Dictionary: The A's of Pickleball

In this series of blogs called “The Pickleball Dictionary,” Pickler will quickly breakdown some of the common phrases, words, people, or organizations found in, on, and around the pickleball courts. We will need your help completing The Pickleball Dictionary, so please share all of your pickleball words with us. Let’s start with the “A’s”!

Ace – An ace is a serve that is unreturnable. In other words, a winning serve!

Ambassador – An ambassador is a volunteer of the USA Pickleball Association that promotes pickleball in their local community. Did you know that there are over 1800 ambassadors for the USAPA?! These ambassadors are one the driving forces that have caused the explosion of pickleball over recent years. Do you know your local ambassador?

Angles – It is important to pay attention to angles on the pickleball court. Angles to place the pickleball on the court can lead to winning shots, so it is important to take advantage of angles that you might have and to minimize your opponents’ angles. Learn how to use your angles and to minimize angles with Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Anna Leigh Waters – Anna Leigh Waters is a 12-year-old pro pickleball player and absolute phenom on the pickleball courts. Anna Leigh’s first tournament was in November 2017 at the Delray Beach Pickleball Open where she took gold with Pickler Founder, Stacie Townsend. Since then, she has frequently been atop the podium with her mother, Leigh Waters, including their latest victory at the 2019 USA Pickleball National Championships! Anna Leigh is certainly one to watch!

ATP – ATP is an acronym for “around the post.” An around the post shot is a specialty shot in pickleball where you hit the pickleball under the top of the pickleball net and around the post of the pickleball net. An ATP typically happens when a player hits “too good” of a shot, meaning that a player hits a shot with a sharp angle that causes the pickleball to travel across and off of the pickleball court. However, when this happens a receiving player can chase down the pickleball and be so far off the court that the receiving player has a clear, unobstructed view of the other side of the pickleball court and the ability to hit the pickleball around the net post and into the other side of the pickleball court. To learn how to effectively hit an ATP shot, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online videos.

Attackable Shot – Always be on the lookout for an attackable shot (in particular, an attackable dink). Attackable shots allow you and your partner to go on the offensive and likely win the point. Be a hunter and hunt those attackable shots!

Can you think of any more pickleball “A’s” to add? Help us complete The Pickleball Dictionary and share with us in the comments below!

Stacie Townsend
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