The Pickleball Dictionary makes it to the “M’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 “M.”
(Cammy) MacGregor – Cammy MacGregor, a former tennis pro that reached a top 75 singles ranking, and top 40 doubles ranking, in the world during her career, is a top pickleball pro that competes largely in senior pro events. She has taken home countless medals at each of the well-known national pickleball tournaments, including the USA Pickleball National Championships and US Open Pickleball Championships.
Match – A match in pickleball is a complete competition. A match is frequently made up of multiple games (e.g. best two out of three games, each to 11 points), or can be a single game (e.g. one game to 15 points or one game to 21 points).
Matt Wright – Matt Wright, a former number 1 tennis player at the University of Michigan and currently a corporate attorney, is a top pickleball pro. He frequently tops the podium in both men’s and mixed doubles events (frequently, with Lucy Kovalova), including with marquee wins at the USA Pickleball National Championships and US Open Pickleball Championships.
(Barney) McCallum – Barney McCallum is one the inventers of the sport of pickleball, along with a few of his friends (Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard). The three gentlemen invented pickleball at Joel Pritchard’s house on Bainbridge Island during the summer of 1965.
(Christine) McGrath – Christine McGrath, a former collegiate tennis player, is one of the more experienced pickleball pros on the circuit. She has countless medals, including a gold medal at the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships in Women’s and Mixed Doubles 25+, and a silver medal at the 2019 US Open Pickleball Championships in Mixed Doubles 25+.
(Tyson) McGuffin – Tyson McGuffin, a former tennis and wrestling standout, is a pickleball pro and one of the top singles players in the world. Tyson has found huge success at tournaments across the country, including three gold medals at the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships in Men’s Singles and Men’s and Mixed Doubles 30+.
“Me” – Communication is key on the pickleball courts. One common phrase used by pickleball players to communicate between partners is “ME!” when exclaiming that you will hit the pickleball yourself.
Mechanics – Proper mechanics and fundamentals help players hit consistent shots on the pickleball courts, and being consistent is a key to success on the pickleball courts. To learn the proper mechanics and fundamentals for various shots on the pickleball court, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.
Medal – What every competitive Pickler loves to receive at the end of a long tournament day on the pickleball courts—a medal!
Melissa McCurley – Melissa McCurley is the President of PickleballTournaments.com (a division of Pickleball Station, LLC and one of the well-known software companies in the sport of pickleball). Melissa is frequently found at the largest tournaments across the country, helping manage the software and keep pickleball tournaments organized and timely. She may also appear on a livestream from time to time, providing interesting and informative commentary.
Men’s Doubles – Men’s doubles is played with all-male teams—in other words, two teams with two-men on each team.
Mental Game - Your mental game on the pickleball courts can be just as important as your physical game, so work on your mental game! To help you with your pickleball mental game, check out Pickler’s e-book, The Pickleball Mental Edge: Learnings from Pickleball Pros and Pickleball Enthusiasts to Improve Your Pickleball Mental Game.
Midcourt – Midcourt is the area on the pickleball court between the baseline and the non-volley zone or kitchen line. It is also referred to as “No-Man’s Land” or the “Transition Zone.”
Middle – The middle of the pickleball court is the area near or around the center line. This is the area that a large number of pickleballs should be directed. As the saying goes, “Down the middle solves the riddle.”
Misdirection Shots - A misdirection shot on the pickleball court is a shot hit in the opposite direction of what is natural or what the setup of the shot looks like. In other words, imagine a right-handed player on the even/right-hand side of the pickleball court. The player lifts up the paddle, looking like he or she is about to hit the pickleball down the middle of the court. Then, all of a sudden and at the last second, the player manipulates his or her wrist and paddle to the inside of the pickleball, and sends the pickleball down the line. The player misdirects the pickleball from the natural shot or what the setup of the shot looked like. To learn how to hit a misdirection shot, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.
Mishit – A mishit is exactly what it sounds like—a stroke of the pickleball that is not hit squarely on your paddle. It could be a hit off your handle, your thumb or fingers, or off the rubber edge guard of your paddle.
Mistake – Mistakes are what all pickleball players try to avoid. The player or team that can minimize mistakes will often come out victorious.
Mixed Doubles – Mixed doubles is played with male-female teams—in other words, each team on the pickleball court has one man and one woman.
Momentum – Momentum plays a large part on the pickleball courts. Oftentimes, a player or team can go on a good or bad streak, winning or losing a bunch of points in a row. Be aware of momentum when you are on the pickleball courts, especially during tournament or competitive play—to note, one of the easiest ways to break momentum is to take a time out!
Monarch Pickleball – Monarch Pickleball is a brand of pickleball paddles and equipment created by Dick’s Sporting Goods. To learn more about Monarch Pickleball, visit Dick’s Sporting Goods’ website at https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/products/monarch-pickleball-equipment.jsp.
Moore Family – The Moore family is one of the well-known families in the sport of pickleball and the people behind Pickleball Trips (https://pickleballtrips.com/). The Moore family includes Scott Moore, senior pro and 16-time national champion, and sons, Jon Moore and Daniel Moore, 6-time national champion.
Movement – Movement on the pickleball court is essential. Not only will quick feet allow you to track down more shots and keep you in a lot of points, movement to the proper court position will help you create angles of attack for you and your partner and minimize angles of attack for your opponents. To learn some tricks to proper movement and court positioning, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.
My Pro Pickleball Coach - My Pro Pickleball Coach is a platform created by Pickler to help you play your best pickleball. Pickler has teamed up with pickleball pro and pickleball coach, Steve Kennedy, to bring you My Pro Pickleball Coach, which features a compilation of over 140 videos, as well as this corresponding e-book, that breaks down every aspect of the sport of pickleball, including pickleball mechanics, fundamentals, strategy, and drills. Are you ready to play your best pickleball?
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