The bank shot is actually considered to be a fairly powerful shot, especially when you are playing on the type of tables that allow you to execute it pretty easily. It involves making the ball bounce off the walls of the table to score a goal.
It’s usually executed from the defensive of the table, as the defensive side allows setting it up better without giving it away to your opponent. On the other hand, taking a bank shot from the offensive side of the table may make your opponent aware of your plan and hence it may not turn out to be very effective.
Setting up the bank shot
The bank shot, despite being quite a powerful foosball shot, is a relatively easy one, but only if you are playing on foosball tables that help you execute the shot better. The difficulty level of a bank shot is Novice, 2 out of 5 foosballs.
Coming to setting up a bank shot, as mentioned above, it’s recommended to take it from the defensive side. There are a couple of important reasons for this. They are:
- Trying to take a bank shot from the offensive side may make your opponent aware about it and hence they may be able to block it rather easily.
- There seem to be quite a few better shots you can play from the offensive side of the table
While taking the bank shot, you need to aim to hit the wall of the table in the middle, regardless of the side you choose. The man taking the shot shouldn’t move while hitting the ball, as it would usually lead to the ball hitting the wall at the wrong place, and failing to make its way to the goal.
However, one of the biggest downside to the bank shot is that it’s easy to predict, even if you are taking it from the defensive side of the table. In order to prevent the opponent from getting wind of the shot, you can get into the ideal position very quickly and take the shot. This won’t leave your opponent with enough time to predict and defend it. However, this would require quite a bit of practice.
A final word
The bank shot would usually be more successful if it’s taken when the opponent is not guarding the near post. If he is, he may be in a much better position to defend it well.
Here is a video on how to do the bank shot: