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

Strategy & Technique Stacie Townsend 12-11-2019

Pickler created The Pickleball Dictionary, which includes all of the common terms, phrases, words, people, and organizations found in, on, and around the pickleball courts. Get your FREE copy of The Pickleball Dictionary today!


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

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.

Happy – Pickleball makes people happy. Enough said.

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

HeadHead is a sportswear company that produces pickleball paddles and other gear for the pickleball courts.

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.

Hilary Marold – Hilary Marold has won over 50 gold medals at tournaments across the country, including the USA Pickleball National Championships, the US Open Pickleball Championships and the Tournament of Champions. She has won national titles in tennis, platform tennis, paddle tennis, and pickleball. Hilary was inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2020.

Hinder – A hinder is something outside of a player’s control that impacts play on the pickleball court. For instance, a stray pickleball entering the pickleball court during a rally would cause a hinder.

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 online pickleball video lessons.

Hydrate – Stay hydrated on the pickleball courts! Water and electrolytes can be key to your success.


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


Updated as of December 3, 2020


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