Overview of the Foosball Rollover (Snake) Shot:
The rollover or snake shot is a 3 bar shot taken by the middle offensive man, which pins the ball between the man and the table. This shot is taken with an open hand as your wrist pins the man on top of the ball in a forward position. The man is then moved laterally left or right and your wrist is rolled up the handle of the rod in order to strike the foosball with the same man.
Foosball Rollover (Snake) Shot Level of Difficulty:
Learning to Set Up the Foosball Rollover (Snake) Shot:
First, pass the ball from your far outside offensive man towards your middle man. When the ball is moving toward your middle man, tilt your man back at an angle so the foosball strikes your man on the corner of the toe. This will make the ball go straight forward so you can come around the top of it and pin it down on the table. The goal is to pin the center of the ball so 50% of the foosball is on either side of your man. We recommend watching the snake shot video in order to learn how to properly set up your shot.
The snake shot is an open-handed wrist shot, which gives the shot its speed. Once you have the ball pinned, you will need to learn to push or pull the ball laterally while simultaneously rolling your wrist up so your man spins in a counterclockwise motion and come back down to strike the ball into the goal. You will need to be able to shoot each of these sides accurately so your opponent doesn't notice a tendency to go to one side or the other.
Learning to Place the Foosball Rollover (Snake) Shot:
One of the advantages of the snake shot is the opportunities of the placement for the shot. Most of the other foosball shots (like the pull shot and push shot) typically go in one direction. You can hit the snake shot straight in, pull, or push it toward either end of the goal.
If you examine your foosball table you will find the goal is a total of 5.8 widths of the foosball ball. Obviously, this means that you have 5 "holes" that you can place the snake shot in (see the diagram below). Also, the defensive player has 2 defensive foosball men that are in front of the goal, covering 2 of these holes. Your objective is to place the pull shot in 1 of these 3 open holes.
Foosball Rollover (Snake) Shot Diagram:
Reading the Foosball Rollover (Snake) Shot Defense:
Most defenders will try to guard the middle hole (number 3) at all times because that is the easiest and quickest shot to hit. They will try to force you to go to all the way to hole 1 or 5. Some defenders will move their men in a back and forth motion to try to time your shot. This is when your timing and mental game will have to overcome their defensive timing. Just keep in mind that reading your opponent is almost as important as your shot accuracy when shooting the snake shot.
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