Snake Shot Video Overview:
The snake (or rollover) shot is the most popular shot in tournament foosball today. The reason for its popularity stems from being able to shot the ball left or right from the middle of the goal. This makes the shot hard to anticipate as a defender. If done properly, the shot can be an extremely high percentage shot. The snake shot video below shows how to effectively learn how to shot the rollover. Be sure to visit the foosball snake shot education page to learn more about this shot.
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Foosball Snake Shot Video Transcript:
Today I am going to be talking about the snake or rollover shot, which is a very popular and powerful shot in the sport of foosball. After this tutorial you will see a lot of different styles and don't be afraid to experiment and find one that is comfortable for you. The very first thing we need to do is set up the ball in the front pin position. Everyone develops their own style, but I will just show a few of the ways to set up the ball. One of the common ones is to just push the ball toward the middle guy while the man is tilted back so that when the ball hits it will cause it to go at an angle toward the middle, at which point you go and front pin the ball and make sure you have a solid pin.
Another way is to back pin the ball and bring it over to one of the outside guys and have the outside guy angle it toward the middle and have the middle guy pin it. These next couple of drills demonstrate the setup in real time. It is something that you can use to set up the ball confidently during a foosball match. I am just moving forward pinning going from a front pin to a back pin which is helpful and will allow you to set up the ball easily. I recommend this type of drill to improve your foosball skills overall not just to allow you to set up for a rollover or snake shot. Here is another drill that will improve your back pinning skills. It will make it easier to set up your front pin off a back pin.
One of the unique things about this shot is you start out with your wrist on the handle. It is important to have a solid pin so you don't lose the ball. Make sure you are applying some downward pressure with your wrist and this will make you have more control when you shoot. Once you have the ball set up, rock back and forth and then pick your shot. Notice the technique I used to square the shot. At the point of impact, the rod is going to move in the opposite direction as the direction I am shooting. The first option for this shot is the straight and make sure you rock the ball back and forth even if you're going to go straight so you don't have a tell. The next option is the push side which is the side that is further away from you. The next option is the pull side which is the side that is closest to you and again notice the recoil motion to square the shot. Here is a few real time examples on how I shoot the shot. You will notice some fakes here and there.
As you become more advanced you will want to shoot more inside holes. As you start playing more and more people you will see there are a lot of different styles. A more advanced way of shooting the rollover is by walking it and this takes a lot of practice to get this type of control but its really effective. Some people will shoot a rollover from a stand still which is very hard to do. I have seen some people that will hover over the ball and then shoot. Whatever the style everyone shoots the same options, make sure you find the one that fits you best and good luck!