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The Pickleball Dictionary: The F's of Pickleball

by Stacie Townsend 3 Comments

Pickleball Dictionary: The F's of Pickleball

The Pickleball Dictionary takes on the “F’s”! Let’s breakdown some of the common phrases, words, people, or organizations found in, on, and around the pickleball courts that start with the letter “F.”

Facebook Live – Facebook Live is frequently the medium of choice to stream live play on the pickleball courts, whether it be at tournaments or during recreational play.

Family – Pickleball is a family game that crosses generations—from parents to children to grandparents and grandchildren. Pickleball is also a game that can lead to larger extended families, as your pickleball friends can feel like family.

Fans – The sport of pickleball is growing its fan base. This was on full display at the USA Pickleball National Championships, where thousands of fans showed up to watch pickleball at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.

(Joey) Farias – Joey Farias is a pickleball pro from Arizona. Joey converted to pickleball from tennis and, since then, has propelled to the medal stand, including his most recent gold medal with Kyle Yates in the Men’s Skill/Age Division at the USA Pickleball National Championships.

Fastball – A fastball is essentially a drive, which sends a hard shot at your opponents.

Fault – A fault ends a rally on the pickleball court. The team that commits the fault loses the rally, which could result in a point, loss of serve, or side out. A fault could occur for a number of reasons, including incorrect server, incorrect receiver, foot fault, etc.

First Server – The first server is the pickleball player that serves first to start the game or whenever there is a side out that sends the serve back to a team.

Focus – Pickleball is all about focus. If you lose focus, your odds of losing the rally definitely increase. So, focus on that pickleball!

Follow Through – A good follow through is important on the pickleball court. A solid follow through will help you finish and improve your shots on the pickleball court, including placement.

Foot Fault – A foot fault is a fault caused by a pickleball player’s foot being out of position by either (1) crossing the non-volley zone or kitchen line, or (2) on the serve, crossing the baseline or being beyond the imaginary extension of either the sideline or the center line.

Footwork – To play quality pickleball, you need to move your feet. By moving your feet, you put your body in a position to not only reach the pickleball, but also to make a quality shot.

Forehand – A forehand is shot with your palm facing the direction of your stroke. Generally, most pickleball players have stronger forehand shots than backhand shots.

Forfeit – A forfeit results in the automatic end of a match with the forfeiting team receiving the loss. A forfeit could be the result of a team’s failure to comply with the rules of pickleball, including the player’s code of conduct.

Forward – Generally, on the pickleball court, players want to move forward toward the non-volley zone or kitchen line (as opposed to backward toward the baseline). Your chances of winning the point increase dramatically if you can get to the non-volley zone or kitchen line.

(The Pickleball) Forum – The Pickleball Forum is a group on Facebook started by Aspen Kern that discusses all things pickleball. The Pickleball Forum currently has over 30,000 members.

Frank Anthony Davis – Frank Anthony Davis a pro pickleball player that is known for his terrific singles play. Frank recently took home the bronze medal in the Men’s Singles Pro division at the USA Pickleball National Championships.

Franklin – Franklin is a brand of pickleball paddles and other gear that can be purchased at various retailers across the country and online. Check out Franklin’s gear at https://franklinsports.com/sports/pickleball.

Fun – Pickleball is, above all, FUN!

Fundamentals – Quality fundamentals on the pickleball court can help your game substantially. To learn the proper fundamentals of the various shots in pickleball, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Can you think of any more pickleball “F’s” to add? Share with us in the comments below!

Stacie Townsend
Stacie Townsend


3 Responses


December 06, 2019



December 06, 2019

Fellowship/Friendships both old and newly made.

Danny Cooper
Danny Cooper

December 06, 2019

Why did you leave out fun.

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