When the foosball is made to move diagonally toward the wall of the foosball table or the goal, it’s known as a spray shot. If you resort to spray while trying to take a pull shot, the ball may move in the same way as it did when on being hit with your man. On the other hand, if you end up spraying while taking a push shot, the ball would usually move toward your opponent’s goal or wall, depending on how you hit it.
Difficulty rating and the general views on a spray shot
The spray seems to be one of the simplest shots in foosball. It’s rated as Beginner, 1 out of 5 foosballs.
However, there seem to be many mixed views regarding the spray shot, with more players advising against using the shot. This is probably because there seem to be many cons of using the spray shot, which seemingly outweigh its pros.
With that being said, let us take a look at what seems to be some of its important advantages and disadvantages.
You can make the ball travel faster toward the goal using a spray shot
It involves considerably less pull and push movement while hitting the ball, which certainly helps make the shots easier
The spray shot is one of the most inaccurate foosball shots, as many a times, the ball may just end up hitting the wall while trying to spray
It’s one of the easiest foosball shots to block
There aren’t many options as far as shot placement is concerned
When players get used to spraying, they find it difficult to not do it even when it isn’t required
The dead man cannot be used to take a pull or push shot
Avoiding the spray shot
As the spray shot isn’t a very standard foosball shot but rather a habit that many foosball players wish to avoid, we will be talking about how to avoid it.
First things first, you may want to start getting used to taking shots by making your men pin against the ball in a straight position, rather than a tilted one. Similarly, you may also want to have the ball just under the bar of the man hitting the ball, as having it a little behind it may result in a spray shot.
Also, many foosball players have a rather bad habit of making their man go a little back before trying to take the shot, thinking it helps them hit the ball faster. However, it may contribute to spraying the foosball, and if anything, it will only slow down your pull and push shots.
So the ideal thing to do seems to be ensuring that the man you will be hitting the ball with is flat against the ball, and not tilted backward.