What????? Did your opponent just call that ball out that you thought just caught the edge of the line?
Well, they just might be right. Remember, a pickleball doesn’t compress when it hits the floor like a tennis ball does. Therefore, the point of contact is much smaller than you might think, leaving a sizable amount of the ball to overlap the line while still being out.
Take a look at this great visual created by Mike DiDonato from the Green Valley Pickleball Club. In this picture, you will see he has cut out a disk of wood the diameter of a pickleball and drilled a hole through the center of it. The hole is to show you the surface of the ball that actually touches the ground when it hits. If you place the disk so that the hole outside the line, you can visualize how much of the ball could overlap the line and still be considered out. There might not be a space between the ball and the line for you to see in order to make a correct line call.
Luckily, not all balls land that close to the line, so not every call is a difficult one.
The only thing you need to be sure of is that you make the most honest call you can based on what you see.
Remember, if you or your partner are in doubt, the call always goes in favor of your opponent.