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Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by akoudrin » Sat May 18, 2013 9:37 pm

An open-palm grip is the way to hold the rod handle on its side with a straight palm. This grip can initially be helpful to generate power behind the shot. The regular closed-palm grip uses only the flick of the wrist to turn the rod, which needs a few training sessions to make it powerful.

To shoot using the open-palm grip, open your palm with all fingers straight. Hold the rod handle on the right side with the handle being about half way in your palm. Make sure your thumb is not in the way by having it in line with the straight fingers. Rotate the handle approximately 90 degrees clockwise so that the foosman is close to the horizontal position with its feet pointing away from the opposition goal. Hit the ball by moving the palm up and grabbing the handle with the normal grip. After the shot the foosman should be rotated close to the horizontal position with the feet pointing towards the opposition goal.

The downside of using open-palm grip is poor ball control during passing. The ball needs to be passed around in the offence to set it up in a perfect place to execute a shot. Thus in most situations you would use the closed-palm grip to set up the ball and then change to the open-palm grip to shoot. The change of the grip causes delay between passing and shooting, which gives the defence time to prepare. It may also create a "tell", by which the opponent can see when the shot will be made.

The disadvantage means that open-palm grip should not be used beyond the very beginner levels of foosball. If you start using open-palm grip for your shots, you should consider switching to using the closed-palm grip in the near future. Avoiding open-palm grip altogether is a good idea, although it will mean the shots are slow and powerless at the beginning, but a few weeks of practice should improve the speed and power significantly without having to switch the grips.

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Re: Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by Messiah » Sun May 19, 2013 5:07 pm

Alex,

The BFA site says:
PIN SHOT

The man traps the ball between his foot and the pitch before moving it sideways and shooting.

- Pin the ball under the man's foot.
- Make sure that the point of contact is at, or very near, the top of the ball.
- This will prevent the ball from being squeezed out.
- Pull or push the bar to move the ball sideways.
- Lift the man very slightly at the start of this movement to ensure that the ball moves parallel to the end of the table.
- Use a palm roll to hit the ball – this is generally the more accurate technique for this shot.
Is this incorrect to advise using a palm roll?
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Re: Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by Oatsey » Sun May 19, 2013 9:06 pm

No
I would say Alex is totally wrong on this. For a start you don't need a different grip to move the ball arround on the 3 bar and shoot a palm roll so no need to change or give a tell away.

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Re: Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by Teeb » Sun May 19, 2013 9:14 pm

Palm rolling is for fairies. I've been telling Shovo this for years but he insists it is the only way he can hit it properly.

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Re: Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by Mike A » Sun May 19, 2013 9:40 pm

The open-palm for beginners sounds rubbish. Who wants to learn a shot with tells and poor ball control? You are much better off learning the open-palm for pros which has good ball control and no tells.

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Re: Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by Happyham » Mon May 20, 2013 10:28 pm

Mike A wrote:The open-palm for beginners sounds rubbish. Who wants to learn a shot with tells and poor ball control? You are much better off learning the open-palm for pros which has good ball control and no tells.
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Re: Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by cbalife » Mon May 20, 2013 10:58 pm

Are you in cahoots with these guys?

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Post by PaulM » Tue May 21, 2013 6:13 am

cbalife wrote:Are you in cahoots with these guys?
Now that is useful

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Re: Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by robmoss2k » Fri May 24, 2013 5:31 pm

PaulM wrote:
cbalife wrote:Are you in cahoots with these guys?
Now that is useful
omg that guy is a foosball expert
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Re: Open-palm grip for beginners

Post by cbalife » Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:33 pm

I can vouch for the effectiveness of the '5 bar slammer jammer', as can Andrew Trapmore as this is in fact his main and only shot (apart from the goalie shot). Also when someone tries to serve the ball, lift your 5 bar over the serving hole to knock the ball to your 3 bar and insta-dink. Pro tips for free here, guys.

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