Overview of the Foosball Push Shot:
foosball rod away from yourself and shoot it all in one fluid motion. The push shot is probably the third most popular shot behind the pull shot and snake shot. We would not recommend making this your primary shot, but this shot can be paired with other shots in order to keep your opponent on their toes and guessing your next move. In order to properly set up of the push shot includes making sure your offensive 3 bar is pulled as far as it can be toward the wall of your foosball table closest to you. This ensures that you have the maximum amount of room on the rod to push it during your shot and maximizes the amount of goal your opponent has to block.
Foosball Push Shot Movement:
Set up the push shot so the ball is resting snugly against the left side of your middle man as the rod is pulled all the way toward yourself. It is important to place the ball as closely as possible to your middle man so it is literally resting on your man to allow for the most accurate and highest percentage possible to score the goal. If there is a slight gap between the ball and your man, when you being to push the rod the ball may get bumped ahead of your man and it will be hard to catch back up in order to kick it in. This positioning will also make your opponent defend the maximum amount of goal space. Your man should also always start at a straight up and down position and the ball should be placed directly beneath the bar. Many foosball players get in the bad habit of tilting their man backwards at a slight angle because they think this gives them a quicker shot. In reality, this will actually cause you to spray your push shot more often and will slow down your lateral movement on the push.
Foosball Push Shot Techniques and Methods:
Most beginners tend to grip the foosball handle with their hand too hard. Keeping a loose grip on the handle will allow for maximum movement and speed and limit your resistance. You will know that you are holding the handle right if there is some space between your palm and the handle. Remember, a foosball handle is not a tennis racket! Another foosball tip when shooting the push shot is to turn your wrist quickly and a full 180 degrees when taking the shot. Turning your wrist a quarter of a turn will not provide enough speed on your shot.
Learning to Place the Foosball Push Shot:
Your foosball table has a total of 5.8 widths of the actual foosball ball. Obviously, this means that you have 5 "holes" that you can place the push shot in. 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 push shot in 1 of these 3 open holes. The diagram below will show you an example of all 5 holes you can shoot the foosball push shot in.
Push Shot Diagram:
Reading the Foosball Push Shot Defense:
Just like in any other game or sport, reading your opponent is critical in order to beat them. Always pay attention to your opponent's style of defense in order to learn their motions and common patterns they may have. Most players get used to the same back and forth rocking motion and you can easily exploit this if you watch the timing of their defense when you are making a push shot. Other players will wait until you begin your movement before leaving their position and some may leave the straight shot open more often. This is why it helps to play many foosball players to learn the different styles of foosball defense.
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