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FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions
Drink racks? What for?
With which hand do you hold which rod in singles play?
What are the fundamentals of defence?
What is a wrist flick?
Why might I want counter-weighted foosball men?
Why should I buy a foosball table first aid kit?
Why should I NOT spin the rods?
 
Drink racks? What for?

A drink rack is an excellent accessory choice for foosball table owners.  They hold a variety of drink containers for thirsty foosers so they don't have to set them on the end of the table, where they have the possibility of falling into the play area.  Moisture on a table will contribute to the breakdown of the wood panels that help hold the foosball table together.

You don't want people putting drinks on your antique ottoman, so of course you don't want them putting drinks on you most prized possession (I am referring to your foosball table here).

 
With which hand do you hold which rod in singles play?

When you're defending against a 3-rod shot, hold BOTH of your defensive rods (goalie & 2-man)-- Ditto for when you're shooting from your defensive region.

When you're defending an opponent's defensive-region shot, you should have your right hand on your 3-rod, and your left either on your 5-rod or goalie-rod; the latter may be more effective at first. When the ball is in the center region, you should have your L & R hand on the goalie-rod and 5-rod (maximum defense).
Later, when you learn how to pass and you have possession of the ball, you can stop the ball, and switch to holding the 5-rod and the 3-rod (ready for offense or passing to the 3-rod), and when you get much better, you may wish to stay in this position for defense against the opposing 5-rod or 2-rod, so that you are ready to catch any loose balls on your 3-rod.
 
What are the fundamentals of defence?

Again, don't spin the rods. You can only block an incoming shot if your men are straight down, which they aren't about 80% time when they're spinning; yet it's fairly common for beginners to do this anyways. Why? Because it looks cool, and once in a while, a shot blocked by a spinning rod will immediately become an offensive shot towards your opponents goal-- neither of these reasons are compelling. Even if you're not spinning, don't get eager to shoot the ball: Stop the ball, then shoot it. ;) Otherwise, you'll often lose the ball, resulting usually in a possession and a quick goal from your opponent's dreaded 3-rod.

So, what else do you do? Your opponent can aim the ball just like you can. Therefore, you want to guard both the STRAIGHT shot, and all ANGLE shots. Remember if you can draw a line from the ball to your goal, that shot is open. Never position your two men (your middle goalie and one of the men on the two-man rod) behind each other- if you do, you're just blocking the same place twice, and you might as well just lift one of the men, and your defense wouldn't be any worse for it! Just experiment, placing the ball on _all_ parts along the opposing 3-rod, and positioning your defensive men to block both the straight and angle shots. Remember if you can draw a line from the ball to your goal, that shot is open. (Did I just say that?) Now your opponent either rely on you to flinch and open these holes, or must "race" you, moving the ball horizontally along his three-rod until it reaches a position where a diiferent straight shot (or sometimes the angle) is open. Defending against opponents who try this latter option will be discussed in Chapter 2. Also, be very aware that shots from the opposing 5-rod and 2-rod can also be blocked in this way-- you just have to learn to expect a shot from these areas of the table, and block most of the possible "lines" to your goal. Just being aware of these "lines" and trying to block them will make a big difference. Finally, if you're shooting from the defensive region, remember you can still aim it, and take your time to lift up your 5- and 3-rods (or in doubles, tell your partner) so that you'll never block your own shot!

 
What is a wrist flick?

If you can't seem to hit the ball very hard (without spinning), how do you do it? First of all, try it with your right hand, since that hand will be doing almost all shooting. Put the ball on the playfield under your front three-man rod, in the center in front of an open goal (lift the defending rods for an open shot). Now, practice hitting the ball as hard as possible straight into the goal from this position-- use your middle man and _don't_ push or pull the rod: 1) Stand slightly to the left of the rod, and away from the table; 2) Hold on to the handle, and don't let go; 3) Now, "forget" about both your arm and your hand, and only concentrate on your WRIST; 4) "Throw" your wrist as hard as you can _straight_ down towards the _floor_, past the side of the handle, resulting in 5) your wrist snapping downward-- since of course your hand is still gripping the handle, the motion stops as your wrist locks abruptly-- this is the wrist flick!
 
Why might I want counter-weighted foosball men?

Foosball men with counter-weighted heads are advantageous any time you play one-on-one.? When shooting the ball from the goalie area, the counter-weights allow you to place your forward rods with the men parallel to the playfield.? This way you won't be helping the opposing defense, when you play the forward rods, counter-weights allow you to place your men on the goalie rods in front of the goal and expect them to stay put even if the table gets bumped.
 
Why should I buy a foosball table first aid kit?

A foosball table First Aid Kit is a basic maintenance kit that can allow you to make most necessary repairs to your foosball table in 5-10 minutes.? Without one, you may have to wait a week or longer to receive a replacement part.? We have model specific kits for Tornado and Dynamo foosball tables.? Our universal first aid kits are compatible with most tables under the "Tournament Soccer" or "Million Dollar" categories, this includes "clones" of these designs.? Many of these table types will require some modifications to the kit so ask your sales rep to identify which parts need to be exchanged before your order.?
 
Why should I NOT spin the rods?

? You can hit the ball about as hard as your spin by practicing a wrist-flick (to be described) in less than a week;
? You can easily learn to hit the ball more often than a random spin;
? You can accurately aim the ball and score, while a spin-shot is pretty random or only straight and easily blockable by an alert opponent;
? You are in position to catch loose balls if you don't spin, creating more scoring opportunities;
??Spinning can damage the table (by breaking men, pins/screws, or damaging the rod itself). The third and fourth reasons are the most compelling since you'll score more often, while the first two are just ways of saying, "you get the same benefits as spinning anyways with very little practice."

 
   
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