Advice for beginer balls to build skill please

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Advice for beginer balls to build skill please
« on: January 15, 2010, 05:34:47 PM »
I am in the process of cleaning my games room witch got filled with junk, and I have so far freed up my Foosball table. It is a Sportcraft table, nothing too special, but solid enough and level. It is the type with 3 men on the goal ends with no ramps.

Of course though, the balls are all missing. I only had the ones that came with the table anyway. I am eager to try and build skills on the table, and may purchase a better table later on.

For the moment, I need advice on what balls to get that would suit my table and be good to start with to practice. I am not only looking for brand names here, since I see a couple names that keep appearing all the time, but more of the qualities I'm looking for in the balls. I say this because I doubt my local supplier has all the top balls and I may need to go with different brands that have good qualities. So I guess I would need info such as weight, material, texture, and such.


Offline PatRyan

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Re: Advice for beginer balls to build skill please
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010, 06:17:26 PM »
Depending on who your local supplier is (and where you are located), a general description will not do you a whole lot of good.  If you don't mind a little shipping costs, I would recommend using our gracious host for this  They have a variety of different style balls to choose from, and a knowledgable staff to help you make a selection.

If I where to make a recommendation, it would be to get a urethane ball, something with a little grip.  I could give you the durometer specification, and all of the jargon, but that will not do a whole lot of good.  

You hear us throw out name brands, and specifically with balls, because they each have different characteristics.  And since there are so many to choose from, other than the very hard, or very soft foosball, everything else is hard to quantify with words, so we just call them by the name of the manufacturer.  Sometimes with other short descriptions because the manufacturer may have a couple different styles of ball.

In your case, I would recommend a Shelti or Dynamo or Warrior type ball.  Grippy but not to soft, made of urethane, and stays round!  Those are good foosballs to start with.  The Tornado ball is also urethane, but a little harder, so a little less controlable, especially on your table.  

You also asked about what size to look for.  That would depend on the size of the serving hole (if present) in your table, and what kind of ball return there is.  I know that they have measurements for each of the balls that they sell at, so they can certainly be of help.

If you go to your local retailer, unless they have the "name brand" balls, the ones they sell will probably just be lightweight, very slick, white, generic foosballs that offer no control, and you will not be able to build your foosball skills very well with them.  But that is just my opinion...of course.

Let me know if you need some more information.  

Pat Ryan

Re: Advice for beginer balls to build skill please
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 06:53:27 PM »
Thank you very much for the advice. Greatly appreciated.

I stopped by my local games room dealer, but they didn't have much selection for Foosball balls. In fact they only had one kind. A generic 4 pack without brand name, so I grabbed them since I had no other choice. They seem a little softer then the balls that came with my table, but have a smooth surface on them. After taking them out of the package however, I realized that they are a lot cheaper then I thought. The seam where the two halves of the balls join have excess material that would definitely not let the ball properly. Also it is likely that it would scratch up my table.

For now, I can probably buff off the excess material on the balls with my dremel so I will have something to use until I can order something better.