The Pickleball Dictionary hits the “H’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 “H.”
(Jim and Yvonne) Hackenberg – Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg are senior pickleball pros, who have combined to rack up more than 30 gold medals at the USA Pickleball National Championships over the years.
Half Volley – A half volley in pickleball is a shot that is hit immediately upon the pickleball bouncing on the court, but before the pickleball reaches its apex.
Head – Head is a sportswear company that produces pickleball paddles and other gear for the pickleball courts. Check out Head’s products at https://www.head.com/us-US/sports/pickleball/.
Height – A pickleball net is 34 inches in height at its center, and 36 inches in height on the posts.
High Percentage – To increase your success on the pickleball courts, focus on and hit high percentage shots, and avoid low percentage shots. In other words, target the middle of the court and, in particular, your opponents’ backhands toward the middle of the court. Avoid the sidelines and more difficult shots that often lead to mistakes and unforced errors.
Hinder – According to the USAPA Rulebook (to see the official rules of pickleball, see: https://www.usapa.org/docs/ifp/USAPA-Rulebook.pdf), a hinder is “[a]ny element or occurrence outside of the player’s control that impacts play. Example: a stray ball that enters the court during play.”
Hit – To send the pickleball back to your opponents’ side of the pickleball court, you must hit it!
Hold the Line – Most points in pickleball are won and lost at the non-volley zone or kitchen line. As a result, it is so important to get to the non-volley zone or kitchen line, and then hold that line! Try to squeeze the non-volley zone or kitchen line as much as possible. In other words, keep your toes within a couple inches of the non-volley zone or kitchen line. To learn how and why to hold the line, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.
Hydrate – Stay hydrated on the pickleball courts! Water and electrolytes can be key to your success.
Can you think of any more pickleball “H’s” to add? Share with us in the comments below!