If you are preparing for a fun foosball game with friends, you might think that you can just walk up to the table and start playing, right? Well, sure you can do that, but without proper stance, you just might end up getting beaten by your opponent. The truth is that having the proper stance when playing foosball is no different than any other sport – the more relaxed you are and ready for movement, the better your chance of playing a great game. It doesn’t take much effort to work on your stance, so take our advice and you’ll start to see some improvements in your game performance.
The number one mistake that rookies make when playing the game is standing on their side of the table so that their shoulders are completely parallel with the side of the foosball table. Definitely do not stand like this or you won’t be as ready to make quick movements. You’ve got to stand at a diagonal angle to the table in order to be able to play well. Plus, taking this proper stance reduces the chances that you’ll bump into your teammate if you’re playing doubles for your game of foosball. So, don’t be the fooser who stands parallel to the table! Let us give you tips on the proper stance.
Here at Foosball Revolution, we find that the best stance is to slightly angle your body away from the table. So, try to stand with your left side closer to the table and your feet and body angled so that your right side is further from it. Your body should be at roughly 45 degrees from the side of the table.
Why stand like this? So that your right arm has great range of movement, which is very importance since defensive rods #2 and #3 are longer and you need more room to move them. So, by standing like this, you are able to pull the rods back closer to your body than if you were to be standing adjacent to the table’s side.
You can even try playing games with each of the two stances to see the noticeable difference in how it affects your game.
Now, the proper stance when foosballing isn’t just about the placement of your feet and the angle at which your body is positioned from the table. Instead, this is a whole body thing.
While your feet should be firmly planted on the ground for game play, your knees should be slightly bent so that your body is relaxed. Remember, you need to be mobile and ready to go down to the other end of the table to chase after that ball when it’s in play.
Keep your back straight, but bend the torso slightly at the hips for the most comfortable position for your body while playing. Your arms, shoulder, and neck should be loose instead of stiff, but don’t slouch! Maintaining this position let’s you move quickly without injuring yourself, and it gives you a good view of the playing surface of the table.
What If You’re A Left-Handed Fooser?
Our tips above are great if you’re right-handed, but what adjustments need to be made for left-handed players? Unfortunately, most of the time shots are made with the right hand, so game play will likely be a bit awkward for lefties for a while. However, lefties have an advantage when it comes to passes since those are primarily done with the left hand.
If you are a left-handed foosball player, then we think that you’ll find the awkwardness disappears after a few hours of practicing the game. Before you know it, you’ll be shooting just like the right-handed players. But, you’ll still have that leftie advantage when you make passes!
Once you start using the proper body stance, you’ll notice that it not only improves your ease of motion with the rods, but it also gives you noticeable improvement on the power and speed of your shots. And if you play a lot of games regularly, then you might already know that you can get a repetitive stress injury (RSI) or back injury from the wrong body stance. But, if you follow our tips above, you should be able to reduce your instances of injury or strain.