Foosball Rods Overview:
Almost every foosball manufacturer has different components and materials that make up their foosball rods. Rods can have a huge impact on the speed of the foosball game. Rods are an expensive foosball part on the foosball table and some manufacturers try to cut corners on their rods because it can be easily overlooked by rookie foosball players. Some tables come with heavy rods that make the foosball game slow and sluggish. This will hinder your ability to perform foosball shots because it will be hard to maneuver the rods laterally. All quality foosball tables are made with hollow light-weight, chrome rods that provide a smooth glide back and forth between the bearings so you can obtain maximum ball control and shot performance. The picture below will show you what a hollow foosball rod should look like. Some tables have safety plastic caps at the end of their bars that may hide whether or not their rods are hollow. Make sure to look at this feature before you purchase a foosball table.
Hollow Foosball Rods Picture:
How to Install Foosball Rods & Bars:
Installing foosball rods is a really simple task. Just make sure you line up all 4 rods on each side of the table before you begin. The rods should go in the following order on each side of the foosball table: 3 or 1 man goalie rod, 2 man defensive rod, 5 man midfielder rod, and 3 man offensive rod. Just make sure you do not swap the order of the 3 man goalie rod and the 3 man offensive rod before you begin putting them through the table. You should be able to tell which rod goes where by measuring the longer rod and using it as the offensive rod. The offensive rod should be about 2 inches longer than your goalie rod. The hardest part is actually installing the foosball men and bumpers on the rod in the right order. Please see the installing foosball men section for more information about this.
How to Straighten a Bent Foosball Rod or Bar:
Are you thinking about buying a replacement rod for a bar that has been bent? Before going out and buying a brand new replacement rod, you can try to bend the rod back to its original position. Foosball rods can become bent over time because some players push down too hard on the rods when they play. Rods can easily bend if the rod is pulled all the way out and then leaned down on during play. The leverage of the person pressing down will cause the rod to bow right where it goes into the table. In order to straighten the rod back out, find the origin of the bend and place that spot where the rod meets the table. Make sure you spin the rod to where the bow in the rod is facing downward and the rod handle is going up towards the ceiling. Then slowly apply pressure to the rod in a downward position. Make sure not to apply too much pressure and do this in steps so you don't over bend the rod in the opposite direction. Make sure people are not leaning down on the rods so you don't run into this problem again in the future.
Foosball Replacement Rod Price:
Foosball rods are an expensive part of the foosball table, especially for Tornado and Dynamo tables because of how high quality each component of the table is. Replacement foosball rods can be purchased for about $32.50 US individually or you can buy a set of 8 rods for about $250 US.
Foosball Rods Specs and Dimensions:
The foosball rod specs below are for both the Tornado and Dynamo manufactured tables. These specs should not be used for other foosball table brands.
Two man rod.
End to 1st hole - 16-3/4"
1st hole to 2nd hole - 9-1/2"
2nd hole to end of handle - 18-1/2"
Three man rod.
End to 1st hole - 11-3/4"
1st hole to 2nd hole - 7-1/4"
2nd hole to 3rd hole - 7-1/4"
3rd hole to end of handle - 13-1/2"
Five man rod.
End to 1st hole - 7-1/4"
1st hole to 2nd hole - 4-3/4"
3rd hole to 4th hole - 4-3/4"
4th hole to 5th hole - 4-3/4"
5th hole to end of handle - 9"
End to 1st hole - 9-3/4"
1st hole to 2nd hole - 8"
2nd hole to 3rd hole - 8"
3rd hole to end of handle - 11-7/8"
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