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The Pickleball Dictionary: The U's of Pickleball

by Stacie Townsend 1 Comment

Pickleball Dictionary: The U's of Pickleball

The Pickleball Dictionary reaches the “U’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 “U.”

Unattackable – A solid shot on the pickleball courts is one that is unattackable by your opponents. Conversely, attackable shots allow your opponents to go on the offensive and likely win the point.

Underhand Serve – Pickleball uses an underhand serve (unlike tennis, which has an overhand serve). The rules of pickleball require the serve to be hit below your waist with your paddle head in a downward position. With these basic rules in mind, there are many different options for the serve in pickleball—inside out, top spin, flat, lob, power, etc. To learn how to perfect your serve on the pickleball court, check out Pickler’s My Pro Pickleball Coach online video lessons.

Unforced Error – Pickleball is a game of consistency—which player or which team can make the fewest amount of unforced errors on the pickleball court? If you can be more consistent, and reduce your unforced errors, your pickleball game will certainly skyrocket.

Unpredictable – Pickleball players generally want to be unpredictable. By being unpredictable, your opponents will not be able to anticipate your shots.

US Open Pickleball Championships – The US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida is one of the largest pickleball tournaments in the world and known to be a week-long pickleball party.

USA Pickleball – USA Pickleball is the governing body for the sport of pickleball. USA Pickleball is also the keeper of the official rules of the sport of pickleball, as well as the host of the USA Pickleball National Championships, which is one of the best and biggest pickleball tournaments in the world. To learn more about USA Pickleball, visit https://www.usapa.org.  

UTPR – The UTPR is the official USA Pickleball Tournament Player Rating. The UTPR is a two- or four-digit number that represents your rating or skill level in comparison to other pickleball players. To learn more about the UTPR and your skill level, visit https://www.usapa.org/usapa-tournament-player-ratings-faq/ and https://www.usapa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/USAPA-Skill-Rating-Definitions-2019.pdf.

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

Stacie Townsend
Stacie Townsend


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February 04, 2020

Unstoppable, United, USA, unexpected,

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