Foosball Handle Grip
How to Grip the Foosball Handle
Knowing the right way to grip the foosball handle is extremely important to your shot speed, accuracy, and overall performance. Most beginners will start out playing the game by gripping the foosball handle too tight. This is most likely a bad habit carried over by other sports like baseball or tennis. Most golfers understand that it takes a little more finesse, and they tend to catch on to the proper method more quickly. Foosball is a game of finesse and your grip should be too. Keeping a loose grip on the handle will allow for maximum movement and speed. This will limit your resistance on the handle and allows your rod to move freely and fluidly. There are 2 primary grips that are used in foosball that are explained in more detail below.
Traditional Shot Grip
This grip applies to all the standard shots like pull shots, push shots, spray shots, and tic-tac shots. You will know that you are holding the handle right if there is a small gap between the skin that connects your thumb and index finger and the handle. If this skin is completely wrapped around the handle, you know you are gripping it too hard for shooting. Having white knuckles is also a really good indicator for gripping the handle too hard. Remember, a foosball handle is not a tennis racket or baseball bat that you have to swing! Another foosball tip when shooting is to turn your wrist quickly and the rod should spin about 180 degrees when taking the shot. Turning your wrist a quarter of a turn will not provide enough speed on your shot. You can also shoot an open-handed shot where you actually roll the handle on your wrist in order to increase the speed of your shot.
Open Handed Foosball Grip
An open-handed grip is used when shooting a rollover shot, also known as a snake shot. Setting up this shot requires the man to be tilted forward where the foosball man’s toe is pinning the middle of the ball against the table. Once the foosball ball is in this position, players switch between the traditional grip, as explained above, to an open-handed grip. Your hand should be in an open position with the bottom part of your hand and beginning of your wrist touching the handle. This will allow you to slide your hand in an upward motion so your man swings almost a full rotation before making contact with the ball again. Many beginners think this is an illegal spin of the rod the first time they see a snake shot but the man actually makes contact before a full 360 degree turn is made, making it a legal shot.
Improving your Foosball Grip
To have the best grip on the handle, it is important to wrap the handles with wraps or tubes. There are many different styles of tackiness, stickiness, and thickness, so we recommend trying a variety of them until you find what works best for you.