I want to get better at Foosball and want a complete guide to improving my game, can you do this post?

This is a common question and the guide is given below, It covers stratigies, skills, offence and defense skills

Contents

Before you can learn the basics of Foosball, you will need a table to play on, so the first few paragraphs will teach you about the basics of how to choose the correct table design. Then we go into details of what you need to learn as a player

Foosball Table Design

A full-size one is generally about four foot long and two foot wide. A standard table has eight rows of playing figures fixed to horizontal metal poles. Each player controls four rows of these figures. The poles are pushed and twisted, and in this way the players can move the foosball-players around, pass the ball between the players and shoot at the goal.

A large number of different designs exist. Some are very simple and budget priced. Some are very elaborate and sleek. Some companies have manufactured very luxurious tables available for players to buy for their homes. You will often find a pay foosball table in a club or bar. These are solid tables and designed to be extremely robust. Foosball is played at a professional level with national and international competitions taking place.

Design Of Professional Tables

For this reason, you will sometimes see a foosball table being described as professional or competition standard. The rules of tournaments include specifications about the tables that are used in the competitions and, of course, these standards are high. Professional level foosball is seen as a legitimate sport by most of its players and fans. It is undoubtedly an extremely skillful game and, like in any other sport, the players will perform better with the best quality equipment available to them. In the case of foosball, this is around the quality and mechanics of the table being used.

A good quality foosball table is solidly constructed with have brackets holding the sides of the table and the playing surface in place. The playing surface will be supported by a framework and will be made of a thick and hard wearing material to reduce the possibility of it warping over time. The side walls and surface will be slotted together for strength and additional support. On cheaper models where this is not the case, tables can become damaged quite quickly as they do see a lot of vigorous action!

How Design Effects Game Play

Differences in the design of a table have a significant effect on the way that the game will play. Some tables, for example, have sloped corners to help keep the ball in play and within reach of the playing figures. Other tables do away with the need for sloped corners by having an extra playing figure in each corner to reach the ball. The surface material will also change the flow and speed of play. The ball also changes the way the game plays out. Foosball table balls can be made of wood, cork, plastic and sometimes metal. The material of the playing surface and the ball changes the friction and the grip. This significantly improves the feel of the game and the control that the player can have over the foosball match.

Do not spin the rods!


Spinning is the worst thing you can do if you want to become a great player, it is really only done by beginners, and it is an illegal move. While to the beginner it seems like a powerful move, as you improve you will be able to aim and shoot far better when you do not spin the rods! When you have got out of this bad habit, you will realise that it was hurting your game far more than you understand. Spinning means that your men are not in the right rotation and position to stop a shot by your opponents. You are not learning to catch the ball and pass it to your other players, and the only way to improve your game is to learn how to spin faster!

When you first start to play correctly, you will get beaten sometimes by a “Spinner”, however as you begin to improve you will eventually be able to beat anyone who just spins the rods. They are counting too much on speed and luck to score, whereas you will ultimately be able to hit the ball harder and to control where the ball goes

Foosball Stance

You can look at it like in other sports just like pool or golf. It’s so important to have the correct technique, and your stance makes sure to that. The right posture and grip will help you become a better foosball player. The main focus is to position your body, so you feel free and have the proper movement for passing and shooting. It makes it so much easier when you feel free, and your game up’s a level.

Setting Your Foosball Stance

When playing a lot of pros suggest angling your feet and body more at a diagonal position. Make sure your left side is close to the foosball table, and your right side is away from the table. This will help give you space to move your right arm more freely when you are moving the rods up and down. It also helps when using the two defense and three attacking rods, because these rods are much longer and need more room to maneuver. You will feel much better in this stance, and your game will improve because of it. Standing with your body to close with both hips up close doesn’t give you the freedom to move in the right directions. You end up limiting the passes and shots that are available.

How To Stand Correctly

Think about always having your left foot forward and right one back. To illustrate how this will make a dramatic effect, stick your right arm directly out in front of your body and pull it right back in. See how there’s a few resistance once your elbow hits your side. Now stick your right arm across the left aspect of your frame and pull it on your proper. See how lots, also, you may pull your arm with none resistance? The foosball stance diagram above will display you a way to position your toes for you to have the right stance.

Grip

This is again something that is not thought about too much by the beginner, but is an essential part of improving your play. The most common mistake is to grip the handles too tight which can reduce your mobility, which in turn reduces the power that you can put into each shot. There are two main types of grip in Foosball which are used when making specific shots (see later)

Traditional Grip

Grip the handle with a small gap in the skin between the index finger and the thumb. If the skin is completely touching the handle, you are most likely gripping the handle too hard. But it will depend on how big your hands are. Your knuckles should not turn white from gripping the handle hard

Once you can put your hands in this position quickly – (when you swap handles with your hands, you will not have time to think about it), you will need to practice rotating the handles. You will need to be able to turn the handles half way around (180 degrees) to be able to take shots with full power.

Initially, you may be nearer 90 degrees, but with practice and possibly doing stretching exercises, you will eventually get there.

This type of grip tends to be used with push, pull and tic-tack shots

Open Handed Grip

Some beginners think that this is an illegal spin shot, as the player rotates the bar a lot using this grip. However the player makes contact with the ball before making a full rotation, so it is a fair shot.

The hand needs to be open with the bottom of the hand touching the handle. You can then slide your hand up so the player spins almost a full rotation before hitting the ball. Do not spin the grip when making this move! Nearly a full rotation, not a spin

You need to be able to quickly switch between Traditional and Open handed grips to be able to take the shots that you want!

Wrist Flick

The wrist flick is one of the more natural parts of the game for most people, a lightning fast flick of the wrist to set the ball rocketing down the table

As you become more adept at the game, you will realise that with a flick of the wrist, you can send the ball moving as fast as you did when spinning the player. But now with a lot more control. Control of where the ball goes and what angle your players are standing.

This skill is one where you can practice alone as you may want to keep trying it over and over again. Use the middle man on the central bar and put him parallel with the goal. Forget about everything else and concentrate only on the wrist.

Rotate your hand as quick as you can to hit the ball, trying to “snap” the player to get the most potent flick that you can

Rods

Each rod in the game is meant for different purposes, knowing and using each rod for its best purpose will help you achieve your goal of becoming a great player

Goalie and defense rod

These rods are to block your opponent’s shots and capture the ball. Once you have possession of the ball, you need to try to pass it up to the forward rods

Midfield

The midfield rod is usually used to pass to the attacking rod or to shoot at the goal. This rod is not as good at shooting from, there are still a lot of men in front of you, and so you should try to learn to pass to the attacking front row

Attacking

This rod is only used to shoot at our opponent’s goal, there are not a lot of men in front of you now, and this is the best place to try to score from

Ball control

This means basically getting the ball and keeping the ball by passing it to your other players. This is not so easy on damaged tables where the ball can change direction off any dents or obstacles. If you have a table like this, it may be worth considering getting the playing surface changed.

However you will not always have a perfect table, so if you can learn to play on an older type table with dings and dents in, it will be a skill that comes in useful.

Intercept ball

Gently taps the ball with the front of the player’s toe to trap the ball

Pin the ball

Similar to intercepting the ball, bring the player down by snapping the wrist to trap the ball with the player. This is more difficult than intercepting, especially when the ball is moving quickly

Moving the ball

This is the art of being able to move the ball from player to player on the same rod. As you get better at this, you will be able to do it quickly and pass the ball to mem who have a better shot at the goal.

Offensive strategies

Serve to yourself

The simplest way to foosball serve the ball to yourself would be to put the foosball inside the hole while pinning it between your index finger and thumb with your left hand. Your index finger should be on the interior of the table, and your thumb should be on the outside of the table to hold the ball in position. It’s not prohibited to roll your index finger on the table so that you can keep the ball in place before you serve the ball.

Next, take your right index finger and apply pressure on the top right-hand side of the foosball to keep it pinned against the hole of the table. After that, you can release your left hand in the ball and put it on your 5 bar pole handle to prepare to take the server to yourself. Next, roll your right index finger to the left over the top of the ball and allow it to drop through the hole. See the foosball function diagram below to see the appropriate means to spin the ball for a function. This will put some spin on the ball so that you can permit it to drop immediately towards the 2nd guy on your own 5 bars. This may take some practice, but you should have the ability to get the foosball and keep possession directly on the server.

Perfect one shot not all of them

There are a lot of shots that you can learn to improve your game of Foosball. Some people think that you should try to learn them all at the same time, so you can try to keep your opponent guessing as to what you are going to do next.

We have found however that learning to do one of these shots really well, will mean that you win games more often. Your opponent may have a good idea of what you are going to try to do, but unless he is equally as good in defence as you are at your “Specialty” shot, then he is going to be at a distinct disadvantage!

 

Shooting

You win foosball games by scoring more goals than your opponent, and you score goals by shooting. This means that shooting is one of the most critical things in Foosball. There are a lot of shot types, some have more than one name Below are most of them, with details on how to perform these shots. The descriptions are short as it is hard to imagine exactly how they work. Instead, I have linked some YouTube videos showing how the shots should be done

Pull Shot

This is the basic beginners shot, and can be done by a lot of players. You need to set the ball next to a player, pull the ball toward that player then quickly shoot at the goal. The ball needs to be level with, or slightly behind the rod to do this shot

Rollover (Snake) Shot

Learning To Set Up Foosball Rollover (Snake) Shot:

Pin the ball on the table with your offensive middle man upon the 3 bar. The set up usually takes a lot of practice, and you will have to lose many balls before you can perfect the setup. Snake shot is probably the hardest to set up after the aerial shot. After setting up, pass the ball from the outside offensive man to your middle man. As the ball is moving, tilt your middle man back at an angle to let the foosball strike your man’s toe at the corner. This would make the ball to go straight forward, and you can come around the top of it to pin it down against the table.

Foosball Snake Methods And Techniques:

The roll overshot is an open-handed wrist shot that gives the shot its fast speed. After pinning the ball, you need to learn to pull or push the ball laterally while rolling your wrist up simultaneously so that your man spins in a counterclockwise direction and comes to strike the foosball into the goal. You have to shoot the sides accurately so that your opponent would not notice a tendency to proceed towards one side or other. The shot is usually less effective on most of the non-tornado tables. Thus, if you are playing on one, ensure that the 3-rod is well lubricated, or the shot may be almost impossible to execute.

Pros:
One of the most significant advantages of snake shot lies in the opportunities of placement for the shot. Majority of other shots like push and pull shot go typically in a single direction. But with snake shot, you can hit straight in, push or pull towards either end of the goal.

Reading The Foosball Snake Shot Defense:

Many defenders would try to guard the middle hole all times as it is the quickest and easiest shot to hit. They would try to force you to head all the way to wither hole 1 or hole 5. Some defenders would move their men in back and forth direction to try to time your shots. And this is when your mental game and timing needs to overcome their defensive strategies and timing. Keep in mind that knowing your opponent’s timing and reading their moves is as important as shooting your shot with precise accuracy. Try to develop analytic skills and play with a variety of people to learn numerous ways of dealing with snake defenses.

Push shot

Start with the ball towards the centre of the 3 bar player. Push the ball then quickly hit it at your opponents goal. This is a beginner shot that is not used by a lot of professionals

Pull Kick Shot

Begin this shot near the far player on the 3rd bar. Pull the ball toward the middle player then fire at the goal. A hard to master shot that can be very powerful

Push Kick Shot

Similar to the Pull Kick Shot, shoot near the closest player on the 3rd bar. Push it to the middle player and then kick it into the goal. A tough shot!

Tic Tack Shot

Another shot for expert level players. Dribble back and forth between the players before shooting! Named after the noise the ball makes while performing this move

Push Kick

Another expert level shot that can be very difficult to perform.

Roundhouse Toe Shot

Fake out your opponent by switching directions by keeping one toe of the player on the ball. After the fake, look to see if any opens have occurred and take your shot. Again a move for the experts

Bank Shot

This is similar to how you may take a shot on a pool table, shooting the ball so that it goes into the goal via one of the table sides. Harder to do because of the angles involved but generally unexpected, so the opponent’s men are not in your way

Goalie Bank shot

Same as a bank shot but from the goalie. Much harder as there are a lot of men in the way.

Pin Shot

Pin the ball under a players foot with the contact being at the top of the ball. Push or pull the bar to give the ball allow the ball to start moving. Once it is in the required position, hit it into the goal

Aerial Shot

A trick shot usually done with the defenders. The ball is lifted between 2 players and caught on the back of one of them. The man is then flipped over firing the ball through the air towards the opponent’s goal

Defensive Strategies

Follow the ball

This should be one of the most basic and first things you learn when playing Foosball. Just doing this can save goals you a lot of times.

To follow the ball you need to watch where the ball is at all times and move your rods so that the player is always following and blocking the ball. Then if a shot is taken your men are preventing it, and you do not have to quickly try to position your men, which is almost impossible once the shot has been made.

You need to be watching and your men and always moving them to follow that foosball

Keep The Goal clear

As a beginner you will not be doing your play any good if you are trying to do fancy things like trying to score from the goalie. It is possible, but it is challenging, and there are much better moves you can be doing with the goalie.

The goalie is there to stop the ball then pass the ball back out to your other men

Don’t try to play worse players

We all like to win, playing players we know we can beat will make us feel better about ourselves. However, to improve your game, quickly, it can be helpful to play players that are better than us.

It is better to improve your defense by losing to a superior opponent than it is to enhance your attack by playing a worse player. You will make more significant gains.

Also as your defense get better, you will get more opportunities to attack this better player, and take shots at the opponent’s goal, improving your attacking skills

After you have played someone who is better than you, always ask for a few tips on how to improve your game. Most people are only too willing to show off their knowledge and tell you how they won. This may show you holes in your game that you were unaware of

References

If you require more information, please check these references

bargames101.com , article, “21 Foosball Tips Techniques Improve Game “, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2019
www.quora.com , article, “How Can I Improve At Foosball”, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2019
tablegameshub.com , article, “7 Foosball Strategies Improve Game “, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2019

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