Foosball Men, Players, & Guys Overview:Whatever you happen to call them in your circle of friends, foosball men are a crucial part of the foosball table that can make or break your ability to perform advanced shots. You want to look for foosball men or players that do not have rounded, slick toes. Instead, look for a foosball table with men or players that have a pointed toe and a cross-hatching design on the foot that allows for better ball control. This will allow you to catch the foosball and pin the ball down for advanced shots like the snake shot. The traditional foosball man that has a round, slick toe design does not allow you to pass the ball to players back and forth on the same rod and is not conducive to shooting bank shots.
Bank shots require a sharp edge on the foosball man's toe because you need to hit the ball off the side at a sharp angle in order to hit a crisp bank shot. Traditional foosball men also use screws and nuts to secure the men in place, which weigh down the foosball rod movement and can easily come loose over time. This is one of the many reasons why we recommend Tornado or Dynamo foosball tables. The newer style foosball man that comes standard on these tables are secured with a lightweight pin that will not come loose unless the pin itself breaks.
Traditional Foosball Man: Newer Style Foosball Man:
The Visual Difference in the Foosball Men's Toes:
The toe on the traditional foosball man is not just rounded on the bottom, it also lacks a cross-hatching grip pattern that is available on the Tornado style foosball man. This cross-hatching is extremely important for catching, passing, pinning the ball against the table, and overall ball control. As you can easily tell from the zoomed in version of the foosball player's toe below, this is a large factor in being able to play the game at an advanced level.
Rounded Toe Design: Cross-Hatch Toe Design:
Counterbalanced or Counterweighted Foosball Men:
Counterbalanced or counterweighted foosball men is a feature you see in some of the higher-end tables and is a must have in our opinion. Counterbalanced men or players mean that there is a weight in the head of the man equal to the weight of the toe. If your table does not have a weight in the head of the foosball men, it will be frustrating to play a one on one game. When you are on defense you will have to rotate your men all the way upside down vertically because the weight in the feet will make them fall down if you have them horizontal. You will also notice that the heads of your own foosball men will block your shots that have a lift on them. With counterbalanced foosball men, you will be able to rotate your men horizontally and they will stay in that position and out of your way. Counterbalanced foosball men also can add a little bit of speed to your shots due to the increased weight on the player.
Counterbalanced Foosball Men Example:
Foosball Replacement Men Price:
Playing foosball with a broken man can make for an extremely unfair and annoying foosball soccer game. If one of your men has broken on your foosball table, we recommend ordering a new man online and using our How to Replace a Foosball Man Guide in order to install it properly. This guide is designed with tips to prevent damaging your table when replacing a foosball man.
Foosball men can be really expensive if you have to replace all 16 foosball men on your table. However, if you just need a couple guys that have broken over time, you can pick up individual men for about $4-6 each online, depending on the type of foosball man is right for your table. Due to the high price of foosball men, it is not recommended to purchase a table without counterbalanced men and try to upgrade your table later on. Make sure you review the table features of the foosball table before you make a purchase to see if it comes standard with counterbalanced men.