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

Strategy & Technique Stacie Townsend 01-18-2020

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 “P” include:

Pace – Pace is another word for speed or power of the pickleball. The sport of pickleball is heading toward a game that has more pace and power in every point.

Paddle – A paddle is what pickleball players use to hit the pickleball. According to the rules of pickleball, a pickleball paddle cannot exceed 17 inches in length and cannot exceed a combined length and width of 24 inches.

Paddle Grip – A paddle grip is the piece of leather-like material that covers the handle of the pickleball paddle.

Paddle Head – A paddle head is the part of the pickleball paddle, other than the handle.

Paddle Up – Generally, players want to play with their pickleball paddles up in a ready position. If a player’s paddle is down, the player may have a slower reaction time to hit the pickleball.

PaddletekPaddletek is a pickleball company that produces quality paddles for the pickleball courts. Paddletek even allows you to customize your own pickleball paddle.

Para-Pickleball – USA Pickleball has developed rules for both standing and wheelchair pickleball players. Pickleball may be played with four standing pickleball players, four wheelchair pickleball players, or any mix of both.

Park – A park is where many pickleball courts are found. Check out your nearest public park to see if you have a pickleball court in a park near you.

Partner – Pickleball is most commonly played in doubles. As a result, you will have a teammate on the pickleball court, who is generally called your partner.

Passing Shot – A passing shot is a winning shot, passed your opponents that is beyond your opponents’ reach.

Passionate – If nothing else, pickleball players are passionate. They are passionate about the sport of pickleball, they are passionate about their fellow Picklers, and they are passionate about putting “good” out in to the world

Patience – The old saying, “patience is a virtue,” holds true in pickleball. You must remain patient in your mind and in your body. Wait for the attackable shot that is too high, and attack!

Permanent Net – A permanent pickleball net is one that has solid posts cemented to the ground. A permanent pickleball net generally has a sturdier net and net cord, too.

Permanent Object – A permanent object is any object on or around the pickleball court that could interfere with play. For instance, a permanent object could include the fence, a bench, the ceiling, net posts, etc.

Pickleball – Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the country, and is generally described as a combination of tennis, table tennis (or ping pong), and badminton.

Pickleball CentralPickleball Central is the largest reseller of pickleball paddles and other equipment on the Internet.

Pickleball Hall of Fame – The Pickleball Hall of Fame is an organization that recognizes the wonderful contributions of individuals that have worked tirelessly to promote the growth of the sport of pickleball.

Pickleball MagazinePickleball Magazine is an entire magazine dedicated to the sport of pickleball. Pickleball Magazine has over 100,000 subscribers and is available free online.

Pickleball Voyager – Randy Coleman, the Pickleball Voyager, travels the world spreading his joy and love for pickleball, while also taking selfies with everyone he meets.

Pickler – Pickler’s mission is to promote the sport of pickleball and inspire others to not only play pickleball, but also to become part of the pickleball community. Pickler promotes the community of pickleball and its great exercise, high-quality play, meaningful relationships, health and wellness benefits, and fun culture. Pickler also strives to help pickleball players improve their game and play their best pickleball, whether it is (1) through Pickler’s online pickleball video lessons or pickleball e-books that focus on every aspect of the sport of pickleball; or (2) by helping pickleball players look good, feel good, and play their best pickleball with Pickler’s pickleball performance apparel line. Learn more about Pickler at

Pickled To be pickled means to lose a pickleball game 11-0.

Pickles – Pickles the dog is the inspiration behind Pickleball’s funny name. One of the founder’s dog, Pickles, would chase the ball across the court and the house. As a result, the founders named their newly created game, Pickleball!

Placement – Placement is key on the pickleball court. Placement can be the cause of winning shots, or result in creating opportunities for winning shots. Work on your placement on the pickleball courts.

Places 2 Play – To find a place to play pickleball, check out USA Pickleball’s Places 2 Play at

Plane of the Net – The plane of the net is the term used to describe the imaginary extensions of the vertical and horizontal lines of the pickleball net.

Play – At the heart of pickleball is play. Get out on the pickleball courts and play!

Player – A player is any person on the court playing pickleball. There are four players on the pickleball court in doubles, and two players on the pickleball court in singles.

Playing Surface – The playing surface of a pickleball court includes the surface of the pickleball court, as well as the surface area around the pickleball court.

Poach – A poach is where a player crosses over the centerline of the court to hit a pickleball on his or her partner’s side of the court. A poach is an aggressive move that can really put pressure on your opponents if executed properly. To learn when, how, and why to poach on the pickleball court, check out Pickler’s online pickleball video lessons.

Point – A point results when a rally on the pickleball court ends in favor of the serving team.

Pop Up – A pop up is what all pickleball players try to avoid doing, as it results in an easy offensive shot for their opponents. The key is keeping the pickleball low above the pickleball net, which will minimize your opponents’ ability to hit offensive shots.

Position – Positioning on the pickleball court is essential for success. 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.

Power – Power generates speed and pace on the pickleball. The sport of pickleball is heading toward a game that has more pace and power in every point.

PPA – The Pro Pickleball Association (PPA) is a pickleball tour designed for both amateur and professional pickleball players.

PPR – The Professional Pickleball Registry (also known as the PPR) is an education and certification provider for the sport of pickleball.

Practice – To perfect your mechanics and fundamentals on the pickleball court, practice, especially in a non-stressful environment. In other words, DRILL, DRILL, DRILL! It is so important to drill to commit the proper pickleball mechanics to muscle memory and to make your proper pickleball mechanics part of your habits.

Predictable – Pickleball players generally want to avoid being predictable; rather, they want to be unpredictable. By being unpredictable, your opponents will not be able to anticipate your shots.

Pre-Serve Routine – Before you serve the pickleball (or even return of serve), find your routine to make sure you are both mentally and physically ready for the point. Pre-serve (or pre-return-of-serve) routines can also help you improve your timing. Find your own routine, so you are ready to play and win the point!

Pressure – Pickleball players should learn to play under pressure. The best pickleball players thrive under pressure.

Prince – Paddletek has partnered with Prince to create Prince pickleball paddles. Prince claims to change the shape of pickleball with its unique circular-shaped pickleball paddles.

Pro – A pickleball pro is generally undefined, but is generally someone that plays pickleball at the highest level and has won money for medaling in a pickleball tournament.

Pro Pickleball – Pro Pickleball is a media company that streams pro pickleball matches at various pickleball tournaments around the world. To learn more about Pro Pickleball or stream pro pickleball matches, visit Pro Pickleball on Facebook.

Profanity – Profanity (including those famous four-letter words and related gestures) on the pickleball courts can result in a technical warning or technical foul.

ProKennexProKennex creates pickleball paddles that helps reduce shock and “pickleball elbow” or “tennis elbow.”

ProliteProlite is a company that has created pickleball paddles since 1984. That is some tenure in the sport of pickleball!

Punch Volley – A punch volley is a shot where you may have more time or more room to attack a pickleball, but you probably should not be too aggressive and overplay the pickleball. This shot will be very similar to a block volley. However, a punch volley has a little more paddle swing.

Puppet Master – Tim “Puppet Master” Nelson is a pro pickleball player that found great success in tournaments across the country. Puppet Master is known for his antics to get in his opponents’ head and under his opponents’ skin, as well as for notarizing shots like the “Nasty Nelson.”

Purpose – It is important to have a purpose on the pickleball court. On the pickleball court, you can hit non-purposeful shots, which are simple shots to get the pickleball back over the net, or you can hit purposeful shots, where you are trying to be more aggressive and put pressure on your opponents.

Putaway Shot – A putaway shot is essentially a winner on the pickleball courts. If your opponents pop the pickleball up, high above the net, hit a putaway shot, and win the point.


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


Updated as of January 6, 2021


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