Foosball Spray Shot
Overview of the Foosball Spray Shot
The spray shot is when a shot is released at a diagonal angle toward the goal or wall. The ball travels at the same angle that the ball was moving just as it was shot. If you spray on a pull shot the ball will travel at an angle toward you at the goal and push shots will travel toward your opponents end of the table.
Foosball Spray Shot Level of Difficulty
To Spray or Not to Spray?
Many foosball players have different feelings about the spray because there are some pros and cons of spraying the foosball when shooting. In our opinion, the cons outweigh the pros and we recommend learning to shot your pull and push shots straight or "square".
Pros of Spraying Your Foosball Shot
Cons of Spraying Your Foosball Shot
How to Avoid Spraying the Foosball
In order to not spray the ball on your shots, first start by setting up your shots with at a straight up and down position on your men. You should also place the ball directly beneath the bar (not behind it as this can contribute to the spray). Many foosball players get in the bad habit of tilting their man backwards at a slight angle because they think this gives them a speed advantage. This will actually cause you to spray your shot more often and will slow down your lateral movement on the pull. You will also increase your percentage of losing the ball when you push or pull it. You will have more ball control if your foosball man is flat against the ball instead of at a tilted angle.
Reading the Foosball Spray Shot Defense
The diagrams below will help to better illustrate how to read your opponent when shooting a spray shot. It will also be useful if you are trying to learn some defensive tips when facing an opponent who sprays their shots. The first diagram displays a common defense where both defensive men are tilted inward at one another. This style of defense matches up well if you are shooting the spray shot because the tilt on the 2 bar defender allows the foosball spray angle to travel toward the goal. The problem is when a defensive player tilts his 2 bar outward toward your offensive 3 bar. This style of defense is shown in the second diagram and you can see that the defensive player cuts off the angle of the spray shot.