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
- Do Not Spin The Rods!
- Traditional Grip
- Open Handed Grip
- Wrist Flick
- Goalie And Defense Rod
- Midfield Rod
- Attacking Rod
- Ball Control
- Intercept Ball
- Pin The Ball
- Moving The Ball
- Offensive Strategies
- Serve To Yourself
- Perfect One Shot Not All Of Them
- Pull Shot
- Rollover Shot
- Push Shot
- Pull Kick Shot
- Push Kick Shot
- Tic Tack Shot
- Push Kick
- Push Kick
- Roundhouse Toe Shot
- Bank Shot
- Goalie Bank Shot
- Pin Shot
- Aerial Shot
- Defensive Strategies
- Follow The Ball
- Don’T Try To Play Worse Players
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
StanceA lot of players overlook the importance of stance in the game of Foosball. You need to feel relaxed and comfortable, and a proper posture can improve your shots and overall game. Below is a diagram showing roughly how you should be standing when playing a single or two player foosball game. You may need to shift these slightly depending on the size of the player, and whether they are left or right handed, however, this is pretty much how you should be standing
GripThis 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 GripGrip 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 hardOnce 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 GripSome 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 spinYou need to be able to quickly switch between Traditional and Open handed grips to be able to take the shots that you want!
Wrist FlickThe 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 tableAs 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
RodsEach 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 rodThese 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
MidfieldThe 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
AttackingThis 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 controlThis 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 ballGently taps the ball with the front of the player’s toe to trap the ball
Pin the ballSimilar 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 ballThis 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.
Serve to yourself
The game starts with the serve, and if you are serving this is the first chance to get yourself an advantage. Some players think that it is sporting to put the ball in the hole and leave it to luck as to who gets the ball. If that’s the case why do you need to take it in turns to serve?
It is legal to serve the ball to yourself in Foosball, some people may think that it is cheating, but it is a good opening strategy.
To serve to yourself, you need to practice spinning the ball during the serve, so that when it lands, it is rolling in the direction of your players. Of course, you must be able to trap or hit the ball once it reaches the feet of your men. You need to spin the ball, trap and pass from the 5 bar (midfield 5 players) to the 3 bar (attack 3 players) then shoot!
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!