Setting your Table up for Practice

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Setting your Table up for Practice
« on: May 05, 2013, 03:53:09 AM »
Very little table setup is needed to practise foosball on your own. The rods can be positioned the way you like and you can block off areas of the playing field.

Two ways of setting up the opposition rods are having the foosmen's feet rotated up or rotated down.

[Figure: Foosman foot up position shown on side and top view. Top view also shows the block to contain the ball in a smaller area. ]

A foot up position is where the foot of the foosman is rotated enough to completely clear the ball. The intention is to stop these foosmen interfering with the ball. Non-counterweighted foosmen can be fixed in that position by using a rubber band, whereas counterweighted foosmen will remain in any position.

A foot down position can be used to mimic real game situations. It often helps to secure the rods with men down to prevent them from rotating if the ball hits one of the men. Suspending a heavy bag from the handle is one simple way to lock them in place.

Limiting the playing field can be very helpful to make practice more efficient by reducing the time to retrieve the ball and put it back where you want it. Blocking parts of the field with wooden blocks can accomplish this. For example, if you want the ball contained in the right half of the field you can block off the left side. You can also block off the goal to make sure the ball is always in play.

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