So you have bought yourself a foosball table and now realise there’s more to it than simply spinning some rods. You want to quickly learn some foosball tips for beginners so you can beat your mates and be the next foosball Lionel Messi.
First off, make sure you know the basic foosball rules. Once you have them down, it’s time to skill-up to get you match ready with the skills to destroy the competition (well your friends and family anyway!).
Foosball Grip Technique
There are two main types of grip. Which one you use it upto you. There are a lot of forum questions and debate about ‘which grip is best?, Which shooting style is best? or Palm Grip v Wrist Grip? The better players will use both styles to perform different types of shots. For now, I would recommend choosing and mastering one, before learning the other.
The Foosball Wrist Grip – This is the most common grip where you wrap your hand around the hand and turn the rod by rotating your wrist clockwise and anti-clockwise. Many beginner foosball players will begin by gripping the handle far too tightly. If your knuckles are protruding and turning white, the grip is too tight. The grip should not be a firm grip, it should be a soft but controlled group. You can perform many types of shot with this grip, however it may take you a week or three to develop power shots.
The Foosball Open Palm Grip – This is quick to learn and can generate a lot of power. The basic premise is to place your hand to the side of the handle with your fingers and thumb pointing towards the floor. The handle should be touching the middle of the palm. You roll the handle and rod by simply moving your hand up or down.
Basic Foosball Defence Techniques Tips
Notice how I started with Defence rather than offence and shooting? That’s because knowing how to defend at foosball with a good defence strategy can be the difference between winning and losing. I am now going to explain a simple technique that has two stages. The angle of the players vertically and how they are lined up to block a shot.
Vertical Alignment – Set-up your two defending rods so that the players are not vertical, but are slightly angled Towards each other. The first row (3 player goalie line) players feet will be at 7 o’clock and the second row (2 players) players feet will be at 5 o’clock so that the two rows of players form a V shape. The V angle should not be so great that the ball can pass under the players feet.
Staggering – You will want to keep moving your players side to side, but staggering them in such a way that they are defending the maximum space. Never have players on both defensive rods in-line with each other covering the same space and always ensure a player from the 2 player rod never crosses the central goal line. If you do you will have two players on one side leaving the side exposed for attack.
Foosball Offense Tips and Strategy
Once you know how to defend, it’s time to learn how to attack. To win a game you need to score goals and to score goals you needs to learn how to pass and how to shoot.
Foosball Passing Techniques
There are several foosball passing techniques to master – below are some really good passing moves to get you started.
Tic-Tac Passing – This is where you pass the ball from side to side between players on the same rod.
The Brush Pass – This is a diagonal pass where you brush the ball with the left or right side of the feet rather than hitting the ball head-on for it to go straight. You do this by having the ball slightly behind the player. When you go to kick the ball you move the rod towards or away from you depending which way you want the ball to travel.
Foosball Shots Tips
There are numerous Foosball shooting techniques to learn and master – Don’t try to learn them all at once, pick one or two from the foosball shots tips below and become really good at them before moving on.
The Push Shot – This quick to learn and can be very effective against less experienced players. It’s mainly utilised with your three man attacking row and usually with the middle player. With the ball at the side of the middle player, push the rod (why it’s called a foosball push shot) so the ball travels towards the next player (think tic tac) but before it reaches the next player you quickly shoot.
The Pull Shot – The pull shot is the same as the push shot except this time you pull the rod towards you and then quickly shoot.
The Tic Tac Shot – This is a mixture of the tic tac move and the push / pull shots. Pass the ball using the tic tac passing method and then shoot when your opponent is not expecting.
The Bank Shot – This shot is where you shoot on a diagonal angle, hit the side (bank) of the table and score. Think of a triangle shape. The more experienced players will use this shot from the defensive rods because more experienced players can see it coming from the attacking rods. However, if you are playing beginners it can be effective from anywhere.
The Spray Shot – The spray shot is another variation of the push and pull shots. The only difference is you kick the ball diagonally on an angle instead of straight so the ball will ‘spray either left or right.
How to get Better at Foosball
Just by mastering the above you can rally improve your foosball skill level. Then you can move onto more technical shots like the snake shot and start playing Foosball like a pro, but for now – the above will be more than enough to quickly beat your rookie friends and family.
With the above foosball tips for beginners you will quickly elevate your game and be on your way to becoming a Foosball Hero.