How to Maximize Your Foosball Serve
It's really great to be favored by the coin toss, since getting the very first serve sets you up for a good start. It is also the only time you will be serving without having just conceded a goal! What's more, it is actually absolutely legal to serve to your own men. This means you can serve to your offensive bar right away and score on the first shot.
However, you should be careful as the wrong serve will rid you of this important advantage. That begs the question, which is the correct way to serve?
These are the steps, made as simple as possible:
- 1. Cover the serving hole with your left hand.
- 2. Using your right hand, place the ball in the serving hole with your thumb on the ball at the 11 o'clock position.
- 3. Once secure, grab your five-man rod with your left hand.
- 4. Spin the ball counter-clockwise with your right hand into the playing area
Whether it is after the coin toss or other subsequent serves, following the steps above is the right way to do it. While this might seem easy, some simple mistakes could ruin it for you. Here are some tips that will help you keep clear of such mistakes.
Find the Foosball Serve that Suits You Best
There are two different methods that can be used for an effective serve: The index finger serve and the thumb serve. The index-finger serve is the most popular since most people have more control of their index fingers than the other fingers. You should therefore experiment and determine which of the two works best for you, then practice it to perfection.
Practice Until You Get it Right Each Time
There is no going around this one; the only way to get your serve perfect is by constant practice. This will eliminate silly mistakes, like forgetting to secure the ball properly or spinning the ball clockwise and out of control. Like everything new, it will be difficult at first but will get easier as you get used to it. If you have a table you can constantly practice on, you have the opportunity to perfect the serve, and now your only concern will be the rules.
Don't Drop the Ball into the Foosball Table Hole
As seen in the instructions, you must position the ball correctly. Never drop the ball as this increases the chances of losing the ball to your opponent, which you definitely do not want to do. Take your time to learn to spin the ball while controlling the angle with your fingers as you serve.
Always Serve the Ball to Your Five-man Bar
Since you have the chance of serving the ball how you please, why not serve to a bar that gives you an advantage? The 5-man bar exponentially increases your offensive chance. Ensure you perform the backspin so that it does not end up rolling to your opponent's 5-man bar instead. Again, practice cannot be stressed enough here. It should get to a point where you can catch the foosball from the serve and manage a pass.
Keep Your Hands Out of the Foosball Playing Area
You need to make sure that no part of either hand is in the playing area as you serve. This is the area above the surface to the height of the side-boards of the cabinet. The only time your hand should be in that area is when you are positioning the ball for a serve, otherwise, you will have to repeat the serve.
Don't Intentionally Make the Ball Dead
Intentionally making the ball dead, like the two-man placing the ball just out of reach in order to re-serve the ball, will earn the opposing team a serve. This will clearly leave you at a disadvantage. If the ball must be dead, let be because it had to be, not because you made it so.
Serving in foosball can determine your victory. All that is needed is practice, proper technique and a good understanding of the rules. Foosball makes it even better by allowing this opportunity to come, among other circumstances, after you have been scored upon; giving you an opportunity to redeem yourself. Do not let foosball down.