Do you want to get better at foosball? You do? Great, because below are 4 foosball shot tips that will help improve your game.
The snake shot is an open-handed shot that’s all in the wrist. It’s also called the Rollover shot, seeing as you need to roll your wrist up the rod handle to execute the shot.
Setting Up the Snake Shot
You set up and take the Snake Shot using the middle man on your 3-bar. What you need to do first is pass the ball from the push side (the far outer side) to the middle offensive man, pinning it under. To do this, you need to tilt the man just a little bit to the back so that the ball strikes it on the toe. That way, you’ll make the ball go straight forward, allowing you to bring the man around and pin the centre of the ball so that there is just a little bit of downward push. Note that if the man does not dip before coming out in the hit, then you’re not applying enough pressure and the ball won’t move.
Practise moving and practise rocking the ball – setting up the shot is much more important than execution. Once you’re confident about the basics, here’s what you need to do – if you’re, say, practising the pull side, rock once to the push side, bring the ball back, let it move, and then spin and hit. Naturally, once you start getting the drill into your head and getting the feel for the shot, you can pick up the speed until it’s all one big fluid motion.
Once you get the progression figured out and drilled into your muscle memory, it should be easier for you to hit the long-hauls. Don’t focus on spinning the man to hit the ball, but rather concentrate on moving the ball into shooting position.
Executing the Snake Shot
The Snake is probably the second most demanding shot (next to the Aerial shot) in foosball, but it largely depends on proper setup. The execution itself is simple enough – simply roll your wrist counter-clockwise up the rod handle, bringing the middle man around full force. A quick word of advice – make sure the rod is always lubricated so that there’s hardly any friction to mess up your shot. Also, you might want to consider using a wrap to give a bit more grip on the handle.
The Pull Shot is one of the more popular and powerful shots in foosball. The popularity stems from its simplicity, appealing to beginners and pros alike. If properly executed, this shot can be a real nightmare to defend, even if you take it from the back.
Setting Up the Pull Shot
Having a comfortable stance and grip is of utmost importance for the Pull Shot, so try to find the one that fits you best. Have the top of your hand positioned relatively flat with the rod handle.
Executing the Pull Shot
The execution of the Pull Shot is an exercise in simplicity – just pull the ball towards you and kick it towards the ball with a quick flick. It’s important to keep in mind, as you pull the ball, to simultaneously lift the men so that it’s on top of the wall at the point of impact. Now, it may just happen that your opponent figures out your pull shot. In that case, you can try and shorten the pull shot, finding any gaps in your opponent’s defence. Of course, like with every shot, practice is the key, so you’ll want to do it slowly at first. Get the flick right, and once you feel confident about it, start building up speed. The important thing is not to get discouraged if you can’t shoot very hard at first, because it’s very common. Just keep practising and you’ll get them very fast very soon.
The Push Shot is the mirror image of the Pull Shot – instead of pulling the ball, you’re pushing it and then kicking with a flick of the wrist. This series is not the most popular on tourneys, and many players question its viability due to its being easier to defend. That said, the goalie push shot series can be a very effective trick shot, provided you develop good lateral speed.
Tic-Tac Pull Shot
The Tic-Tac Pull Shot is another variety of the Pull Shot in which you pass the back and forth on the same rod. The main use is tricking the defence by making the opponent think you’re just passing the ball, and then surprising them with a quick shot. If timed correctly, it can be used to devastating effects.
The Bank Shot requires you to bounce the ball off either wall, making sure it’s at an appropriate angle to actually shoot at the opponent’s goal. It’s a great shot for those who like to turtle up, since it is primarily taken from the defensive part of the table. That said, you can also take it from the 3-bar, where the element of surprise should compensate for the increased difficulty in finding the right angle.
Setting Up the Bank Shot
Setting up the Bank Shot is much easier on defence since you’ll have a better time hiding it. On the offence, the Bank Shot has a tendency of telegraphing your intentions to the opponent. That said, if your opponent is not guarding their near post, you just might surprise them with a bank shot. The best spot to hit the ball from is from the outside edges of your goal, or towards the end of the goal. Shooting from the middle is also fine, but the outside edges position makes it tougher on the opponent to read the bounce angle correctly.
Executing the Bank Shot
With the Bank Shot, you’re obviously hitting the ball at an angle. For you to be able to do this, there are several key things to keep in mind – don’t come at the ball with any amount of lateral movement (hit the ball straight down), keep your hand open and roll the handle on the palm of your hand, and, finally, practise hitting it on the top wall.
Hopefully with a bit of practice, the above foosball shot tips will help you improve your game and be a foosball hero amongst your friends and families. A good foosball table can also help improve your game, for more information, read our top rated foosball tables.