You Make the Call!
Here’s the Scenario:
You hit a groundstroke but hit the ball twice during the shot. What’s the call?
This “double-hit” scenario rears its ugly head every-so-often on the pickleball courts. Intuitively, it seems like it’s an illegal shot that should result in a fault for the person striking the ball. However, before calling a fault on yourself for a “double-hit” or “carry,” understand this: If the “double-hit” or “carry” was a result of one continuous motion — without a second intentional swing or push — then it is, indeed, a legal shot even if it hit your paddle twice in the one swing.
So in interpreting this rule, “one continuous motion,” is the operative concept. Here is what the applicable rule in the 2019 International Federation of Pickleball Official Tournament Rulebook has to say about carries and double-hits.
2019 International Federation of Pickleball — Official Tournament Rulebook
Double Hits. Balls can be hit twice, but this must occur during an unintentional, continuous, single-direction stroke. If the stroke is not continuous or not in a single direction, the hit is not allowed and a fault will be declared.
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