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Foosball Technique for Pros and Novice

by Katarina Vancroft 2 years ago in table top

Easy foosball tip and tricks for beginners

If you're picking up Foosball for the first time, it can be a little intimidating playing with more experienced players. Unlike regular sports, tabletop games are not usually taught with much emphasis on technique. Usually, people just start playing and develop their form. This is where new players can feel discouraged, especially if they don't have constructive suggestions when they continue to lose. Here are some pointers on how to take shots and general ball handling in Foosball.

Spin rod mannerism

The biggest mistake new players make is that they can't wait to give the rods a spin. Even walking past a Foosball table brings out this urge to give those plastic men a whirl. It may look like the most powerful, awesome shot in the world, but it will only reveal that you're new to the game.

Spin shots

It's typically considered illegal to take a spin shot, it disrupts the playing field more than other maneuvers, and can even be damaging to the Foosball table. You should always practice good sportsmanlike behavior, not to mention respect for another person's property. If you want to take accurate, powerful shots, start shooting with your wrist. Flick your wrist down while still holding on to the rod to shoot.

The basics

We've all seen Foosball games where people are just racing the ball back and forth, slamming and spinning the rods in hopes of getting intercepting the ball and shooting in the same maneuver.

To get around frantic defenders, you'll want to control the pace of the game and take the shots that you've set up. Upon intercepting the ball, you can move the ball along the rod by passing it to the next player.


To prevent losing the ball, practice "dribbling" it back and forth with one player's foot, swinging the foot around the ball and tapping it, repeating that on the other side of the ball to keep it in a small area.

Once it's stable, take your shot or make your pass. The advantage is that you can line up diagonal shots that are harder to intercept and anticipate. By playing on your terms, you can use your technique to its fullest potential instead of making shots lined up by your opponent.

Circulating the Opponent

The key is to keep a tight defense and leave no open pockets of playing field for your opponent to gain the upper hand. Excellent foosball players will not let the playing field open for any reason to their opponent. Keep your opposite player on their toes, and you will most likely come out as the winner.

Tilting the Opponent

Line your middle bars on the gaming field up with your opponents, devise a defensive amount of outward family field bars with precise judgment, and you are sure to block your opponents shot. Your opponent will have to be equally defensive and competitive to out-maneuver and out-smart you at foosball.

Striker Shooting

Normally, not many hard shots will result in goals, even if you are a foosball expert. Seeing an open space in your opponent's field is still hard to sometimes shoot for and even make. You do have to seek out chances and take them even if the result is shooting with your strikers, hard or soft.

Striking Your Opponent Sideways

Controlling the ball during gameplay will often move the ball swiftly between three opponents. Fast and hard is the name of the game during heated and heavy moments of tense gameplay. Shooting the ball to your opponent with an open space allows you to deliver all the stamina of a swift movement you can deliver.

While these maneuvers won't guarantee victory, practicing them will make you a more adept player and should give your foosball competitor second thoughts about challenging you to a game.

Practice makes perfect

Practice making quick, controlled shots so that the rod rotates with your wrist snaps. To aim your shot or offset your kick from the center of the ball to shoot left or right. Get a feel for where to hit the ball to get the desired aim.

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