Air hockey is actually one of the most popular table games nowadays. Though the rules of it are very simple, the strategies which you could apply to it are endless. If ever you are only new to this game, below are some effective tips which will help you to get a successful win.
The Triangle Defense
It is in fact one of the basic defenses. The whole purpose of the triangle defense is to intercept the shots that comes with an angle due to the reason that this is the hardest defense against. When you want to set the triangle defense, you should put your hands in a position where you can move in a triangle. This would be because it’s much easier to defend if you are going to move backward and when you place your lead hand in front of the goal, which must be 2 feet from the center.
It is in fact already self-explanatory, but you should know on how to track the puck for you to be able to defend against it. This means that you will be matching the movement of the puck with the mallet. When the puck is coming at you from the right, you should also move your mallet to the right. If this will go to the left, you also need to move the mallet to the left as well. If this ever comes towards the center, you have to move to the center as well. Tracking with the mallet is actually the best way for you to intercept the puck.
The Straight Shot
The straight shot is the simplest shot which you could learn because it is a shot which simply shoots the puck straight towards the goal. Many people think that this kind of shot is very predictable, but it has its use. The fact that it is the most predictable one, a lot of people won’t expect you to actually be using it. Because people have such mindset, you can use it as a good counter.
Over Bank Shot
Another kind of shot aside from the straight shot would be the bank shot. The over bank shot is done if you are going to smash the puck to the wall for it to move from various angles.
This kind of shot is where you will hit the side of the wall which is close to your goal. It’s the most predictable kind of bank shot because it enables your opponent to be able to see the puck coming. You can use this best for opponents that’s usually in an offense or you could also use it for your secret shot.
It’s true that these are only basic tips, but take note that mastering the basics is part to becoming a master.