Foosball has always been a classic table sport, with no signs of it slowing down in the near future. Whether you’re out with friends or playing at home, foosball is a great way to pass the time and have a lot of fun.
There are some simple tips and tricks that can easily help you improve your game and help you beat your next opponent. If you’re new to the game or a seasoned pro, these five tips are helpful for everyone!
Don’t Spin the Rods
This is probably the most important tip on the list, which is why we’re talking about it first. There are many reasons not to spin the foosball rods, but first and foremost, it’s against the official rules. Spinning is a violation that will cost you a kick-off.
Not only is it against the rules, spinning the rods aggressively can actually damage the table. It may be instinct to immediately start spinning the rods wildly, but keeping the rods under control can elongate the life of your table (or the foosball table you love playing at!)
Another reason to not spin the rods is accuracy – this is the part that will absolutely up your game. Spinning the rods aggressively dramatically reduces accuracy and precision when passing and shooting. You also sacrifice power when you spin rather than take a controlled shot. This is a great tip if you’re new to the game and want to increase your chances of winning.
Foosball is a fun and exciting game, but if you’re wanting to win, it’s important to stay relaxed. When you’re not relaxed you end up gripping the rods too tight, which impacts accuracy and control.
A loose grip allows you to quickly adjust and adapt to the game as it develops, and gives you more power than a tight grip – a powerful and accurate shot is all in the flick of the wrist!
Trap the Ball
Trapping the ball is a tricky move to master, but once you do you really can control how you play the game. Angling the player slightly back or forth (depending on which direction the ball is coming from) allows the player to catch the ball rather than trying to jostle for control.
From there, you can continue by passing the ball up and down the field, or you can attempt a shot from the trapped position. Regardless of what you do, this method will improve your control and your overall game.
Learn to Pass
Most new players think that they can shoot from anywhere on the field and just hope to make one in – foosball is much more than rapid fire shooting. It’s a skill and strategy game. Learning how to pass the ball will give you an edge up on the competition.
Look for open lanes in the field to quickly pass up to your attackers. Nothing open? Try a wall pass to catch your opponent off guard!
Master One Shot
You may have seen advanced players using all kinds of varying techniques to win their games – while they may look flashy, those techniques take a long time to learn, let alone master. Rather than trying to have a range of skills that you’re good at, it’s better for your game to focus on one skill to master.
When it comes to shooting, there are tons of options out there, so stick with a shot style that you’re comfortable with and know you can master. The point of the game is to get the most points, so mastering one shot type is a sure way to improve your foosball game!