There is a date for the 2019 WSO (and HOLO presentation) , and a location. Will add more details later.
Those of you that obsessively check nwfoosball.com (like I do) have probably noticed some problems. Pat’s community page that has served us so well for so long went down, and bringing it back up has proven challenging.
We are going to start transitioning some of the content and functionality to this site, and will need help with organization, content management, and moderation. WordPress is unfortunately a lot easier for spammers to find and target with automated software.
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Hey everyone…I just finished watching the Classic Doubles finals at ITSF World Cup. USA vs France. It was on Zone A YouTube, which should drop later today. I highly recommend it.
by KC Watkins
We’ll be looking at Foosball’s long pull shot because I have some slow-motion of one of the best pull shots in Seattle. The first video is at 240 frames per second so you can get a good look at the strike on the ball.
The pull shot, many years ago, was one of the most dominant shots in foosball because of the physics of being human. You can generate more speed and power pulling towards yourself than pushing away. Even though the roll-over is used by most top level Foosball players now, there are world ranked players that still shoot the pull shot. And most good players have one they can pull out when needed.
Jessie is going to be a little pissed that I didn’t use one of the perfect shots.
Even though this isn’t a long shot, I chose this one because it illustrates a point Jessie shared when we were looking at the video. He wasn’t happy that he overran the ball, “I’m just glad I got out past the ball. That’s what I need for a good long-shot. ”
And there it is, the knowledge nugget I want to give away this time.
One of the most important secrets to a superior long pull or push shot is to get around on the ball and strike with the man slightly beyond the far plane of the ball. This overtakes the momentum of the foosball and redirects it. When you hit this right it feels like you scooped the ball into the goal.
But the main point is getting around the foosball. It is even more important than being perfect, as the video clearly testifies. So lets take a look at an almost perfect long-shot now. The defense is OK but there are two major mistakes. One is not covering the long hole enough, and the other, well, Jessie just waits for the right rhythm to take the shot.
There is something I need to say about this video, it looks regular speed, but this second video is at 120 fps, so you can get an idea how fast it really is.
There is plenty of upside to getting around on the ball. It will help prevent spraying the ball beyond the goal into the wall. It makes the defender cover more goal by bringing the far edge of the box into play. And it gives a more consistent shot.
The downside; it takes longer to make the shot, so it takes speed to make this shot consistently. Second, it is a hard technique to master and takes dedicated practice time to gain consistent success.
And there it is, that old nemesis, the key to this or any technique; practice, practice practice. So keep practicing and foos on.
By KC Watkins
If you have been watching any foosball video or tournament play and want to learn the Rollover or the Euro Toe shot, the first thing you will have to do is learn how to get the ball out there in front of your man with the foot resting on top of the ball. Warning; this will take Practice.
All Toe Up
In foosball to gain this position is to toe up, or front pin, as the position is called when you have the ball held by the toe of the man (the pointy part of the foot) in front. There is a back pin too, but generally pinning is done out in front of the man.
The front pin is more useful for offense so we’ll be looking at it. There are a few basic ways to execute the move, the corner tap, the brush up, and the back pin sweep are the most common.
The key to getting the foosball pinned no matter which technique you use is consistency, getting that consistent movement. Everyone uses their technique for the same reason; they feel they get a consistent movement, a consistent result, out of it.
So, who’s wrong? No one, really. Find the method that feels right to you, and practice that one. Because practice is the key here.
Assuming you’ve been practicing your tic-tac skills, the corner tap is a move directly from tic-tacing.
As the ball approaches the center man you try to hit the ball with the forward corner of the man to get it to roll forward.
This technique may take longer to perfect. It takes a certain level of exactness to use the corner of the man effectively. But, it is a game friendly technique, if you make a bad hit the foosball has a tendency to stay within the reach of your men, giving you a better chance of keeping the ball while you learn.
The Brush Up
The action of the man moving forward will change the direction of the ball’s momentum regardless of exactly where the ball and side of the man meet.
Ideally, you want the foot of the man slightly behind the rod when you make contact. This ensures you enough of a stroke to get the ball moving more forward than sideways. But the forward stroke needs to be just right, not to firm or to soft, to get the momentum of the foosball to change and still stay close enough to catch it.
And of course, this method will work to get a back pin; just, you know, do it backwards.
The Brush Up can also be used standing still. The standing method takes a high level of touch and practice. Because the ball will be pushed away from the man with anything but the slightest of touches.
The Back Pin Sweep
This move is used by more advance players for a variety of reasons. One main reason is this method uses one smooth movement from beginning to end leaving less room for error, giving you better consistency and ball security.
I have used this example of sweeping from one man to another because it is easier to learn this method, and this is a great exercise in ball control. Once you learn this continuous smooth movement it is much easier to move on to a sweep and catch with the same man.
This is an advanced method but I encourage you to try it out and practice this move at least a few times because moving the ball from a Back Pin to a Front Pin is always a handy skill. Who knows maybe this is the move for you, the one that fits your game.
Regardless of which method you use, I have to say it one more time, the key to consistency and control, is my old nemesis; practice, practice, practice.
One of the first things that everyone wants to to talk about when I mention posting for beginners is… spinning. In the beginning there is always spinning because it is the easiest way to get power on a shot. Players that want to get more serious about their game quickly learn that spinning is a bad idea.
First; It is not allowed in tournament play, period. So If you ever want to try your hand at tournament play it is best to get away from the spinning technique immediately.
Second; You have virtually no control of the ball when practicing the spinning technique, and scoring on yourself is a very real possibility.
Third; It is hard on the table. It can break the pins that hold the men, and even the men themselves. When that happens it usually ends the game until repairs can be made.
But then there is the problem of being in the bar and a cute girl/boy wants to play but they start spinning. Do you let lust rule and let it happen or do you let loyalty to the game rule and call them on it. Hmmmm. In all honesty I would probably let lust rule and keep my mouth shut on the subject. Unless a relationship develops later, then it’s time for the talk. I mean unless there is money on the line I think fun is important too.
When I use to live in Pensacola there was a young lady that started coming around the tournament that was happening then. She had developed a controlled spin shot; she let go of the handle but then grabbed it again before a full rotation. Much discussion ensued. The general consensus among the players was; that in the strictest interpretation of the rules it was considered a legal shot because she would catch it before a full rotation. (And everyone wanted more women involved in the tournament.) So they let it ride, with some dissent.
But it all worked out in the end. She developed a wicked pull shot and got away from the spin shot. And more women began coming to the tournament.
I don’t care for spinning, and try to discourage it whenever I can. But I am not going to go up to a group of people laughing and joking and spinning at a bar table and tell them they are doing it wrong. What good would that do? They probably don’t care as long as they are having fun.
How you react to spinning is a personal decision. I just want to remind everyone; remember to have fun.
George will you take donations to send in? I would pledge 20$ for it. Will try to get to Friday tourny soon. Just not sure when. Foos on!