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The Pickleball Dictionary: Pickleball Terms that Start with the Letter “F”

Strategy & Technique Stacie Townsend 12-06-2019

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The pickleball terms, phrases, words, people, and organizations that start with the letter “F” include:

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.

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 centerline.

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.

Fran Myer – Fran Myer was inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2018 in recognition of her service to the sport of pickleball. Fran not only has won over 200 medals as a player (including a gold medal at the 2009 USA Pickleball National Championships), but also served eight years as a member of the board for the USA Pickleball Association. Fran also created pickleball’s first informational and retail website called Pickleball Stuff in 1999.

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.

FranklinFranklin is a brand of pickleball paddles and other gear that can be purchased at various retailers across the country and online.

Friendship – If pickleball leads to anything, it is friendship. Pickleball courts are a place where friendships are made and friends quickly become like family.

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 online pickleball video lessons.


Do you know any additional pickleball terms, phrases, words, people, or organizations that start with the letter “F” to add to The Pickleball Dictionary? Share with us in the comments below!


Updated as of December 1, 2020


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