Have you ever wondered how to win at table football? Often sports benefit people with certain physical advantages. Tall people often have an advantage in basketball, darts is easier for people with a steady hand, and arguably the best professional footballers are those who are adept at pulling off a blatant dive, come on ref, are you totally blind? But when it comes to winning at table tennis physical attributes aren’t as important.
Table football, of course, has its own particular demands of players, and mastering these puts you at an automatic advantage in any game. The good news, though, is that almost anyone can learn these skills once they know what they are! When it comes to how to win at table tennis, these are the top tips you need to follow to stay at the top of your game...
Winning at table football is about practice
This one will hardly be a surprise. It’s less of a secret to success, and more just a fact of life! You can’t get properly good at anything without practice, and the same goes for foosball games too. You don’t necessarily have to put whole evenings aside – just a few minutes occasionally to play the game.
If you’re lucky enough to own your own football table or (foosball table to some) carrying out five or ten to carry out some quick solo practice can make all the difference. Here at the Games Room Company, we’ve got no shortage of indoor and outdoor tables for you to practice on: whether you’re a classic Debuchy by Toulet type of person, or you prefer a design statement like our Teckell Cristallino.
If you want to learn how to win at table football but aren’t sure what solo practice involves, we’ve outlined a couple of ideas for you in a few recent blog articles on how to practice shooting. We understand it’s not got quite the raw thrill of playing against other humans, but practice does indeed make perfect!
Remember to keep an open mind
Despite what you may have witnessed from casual pub games, there’s a lot more to table football than simply belting the ball down the length of the table at first opportunity. There’s more of an art to it than that! If you want to play table football to win, then try to experiment with any moves you think might work in the heat of the moment (especially on tables like our Teckell 90 Minuto Foosball Table).
After any game, have a bit of a think about the moves that were used against you and keep an open mind to consider whether you could use them in future. Why did they work? Was your opponent simply faster, or did they get inside your head somehow? Did they simply spot a gap in your defence you hadn’t noticed? Did they have a good defense? Asking yourself these sorts of questions can really help you improve your game and is sure to help you win at table football. If you’re fast enough at learning, you can even turn their techniques against them right there on the field!
To win at table football you need a specialism
When playing foosball, it’s always helpful to have one shot that you’re really good at. Remember, it’s not just a case of knowing it, but recognising the best time to use it! Do you find that you’re particularly good at the Bank Shot? The Dead Man shot? The Rollover snake shot? (No, we’re not making these up!) Always keep trying out different shots, as we’ve discussed above, but if you find you’re particularly good at one, it’s worth quietly specialising in it. The thing is, you don’t want to become too closely associated with one style of play in particular, because they key above all things is to…
Stay unpredictable in order to win
Foosball (table football) is a high-paced game, and one of the best advantages you can have is the ability to read your opponents on the fly. Which shots they favour, whether they shoot down a particular side, or frequently back-pass to their defenders. Your foosball strategy should aim to predict your opponent so that you can block them. That means that you have to stay unpredictable in turn! Keep your secret specialisms secret, and try and avoid developing (or at least displaying) a consistent style of play.
With designs like our RS Dining Foosball Table you’ll be able to challenge your opponent to a game when they least expect it. There’s nothing like keeping the competition on their toes!
Feel free to browse our full range of foosball tables right here on our website, or alternatively you can read up on our world of classic and traditional games for more information on our broader range of games.