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Table of Contents: The Foosball Guide

The Foosball Guide is organised into six major chapters (and Introduction & Conclusion).

1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
  1.1 Start Winning Foosball Games
  1.2 Why This Guide was Created
  1.3 Personal Backstory
  1.4 What is Foosball?
      1.4.1 Definition
      1.4.2 Physical Game Layout
      1.4.3 Skills
      1.4.4 Recreational and Competitive Foosball
      1.4.5 History
  1.5 Content Outline

2 Preparation and Basics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
  2.1 Rules and Assumptions
      2.1.1 Rod Function
      2.1.2 Basic Rules
  2.2 Solo Practice
  2.3 Body Stance
  2.4 Hand Grip
  2.5 Setting Up for Practice
  2.6 The Skills
      2.6.1 Passing
      2.6.2 Shooting
      2.6.3 Defending
      2.6.4 Faking

3 Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
  3.1 Offence vs Defence
  3.2 Square Pass and Catch
      3.2.1 Wall vs Lane
  3.3 Lateral Pass
  3.4 Stick and Tic-tac Pass
  3.5 Brush Pass

4 Shooting and Defending . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
  4.1 General Defence Tips
      4.1.1 Against Defence Shots
      4.1.2 Against 3-rod Shots
  4.2 Square Shot
      4.2.1 Execution
      4.2.2 Open-palm Grip
      4.2.3 Defence
  4.3 Angle Shot
      4.3.1 Execution
      4.3.2 Defence
  4.4 Bank Shot
      4.4.1 Execution
      4.4.2 Defence
  4.5 Pull/Push Shot
      4.5.1 Execution
      4.5.2 Squaring the Ball
  4.6 Pull/Push-Kick Shot
      4.6.1 Execution
  4.7 Pinning the Ball
      4.7.1 Front and Back Pin
      4.7.2 Ball Setup
      4.7.3 Shots
  4.8 Front Pin Shot
      4.8.1 Execution
      4.9 Back Pin Shot
      4.9.1 Execution
  4.10 Snake/Rollover Shot
      4.10.1 Wrist Grip
      4.10.2 Execution
  4.11 Shots from Defence
      4.11.1 Preparation
      4.11.2 Choice of Defence Rod
      4.11.3 Square Shot
      4.11.4 Angle Shot
      4.11.5 Bank Shot
      4.11.6 Air Shot

5 Drills  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
  5.1 Passing
      5.1.1 Passing on One Rod
      5.1.2 Passes between Rods
  5.2 Shooting
  5.3 Combinations
  5.4 Practice Session Structure

6 Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
  6.1 Fixed Parts
      6.1.1 Cabinet
      6.1.2 Table Feet
      6.1.3 Goal
      6.1.4 Ball Return
      6.1.5 Playing Field
  6.2 Moving Parts
      6.2.1 Rod
      6.2.2 Bearing
      6.2.4 Bumper
      6.2.5 Handle
      6.2.6 Ball
      6.2.3 Foosman
  6.3 Setup
      6.3.1 Floor Space
      6.3.2 Placement in the House
      6.3.3 Protection
      6.3.4 Lighting
      6.3.5 Assembly
      6.3.6 Levelling
  6.4 Maintenance
      6.4.1 Playing Field
      6.4.2 Rods
      6.4.3 Handles
      6.4.4 Foosmen
      6.4.5 Bumpers
      6.4.6 Bearings
      6.4.7 Cabinet Internals
  6.5 Choosing Your Table
      6.5.1 Popularity
      6.5.2 Price
      6.5.3 Table Brands

7 Foosball Resources  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
  7.1 Books
  7.2 Web Resources
      7.2.1 General
      7.2.2 Instructional
      7.2.3 Videos
      7.2.4 Forums
      7.2.5 Vendors
      7.2.6 Training Aids

8 Conclusion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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