Air hockey is actually one of the most popular table games nowadays. Though it comes with simple rules, the strategies that can in fact be applied or used for it are really simple. When you are just new to such game, below would be some tips are effective on winning.
It is in fact one of the basic defenses. The triangle defense’s purpose would be in intercepting the shots coming from an angle because it is the hardest defense. To set the triangle defense, consider putting your hands at a position where you will be able to move in a triangle. This is because it is a lot easier to defend when you move backward and placing your lead hand in the front of your goal, which should be 2 feet from the center.
This would be self-explanatory, but you should consider knowing on how to track the puck for you to defend against it. In tracking the puck, it actually means you would have to match the movement of the puck with the mallet you have. If ever the puck is coming from the right, then you need to also follow it with your mallet. When it goes to the left, you also have to move the mallet to the left. When this moves to you from the center, you also should go back to the center. The strategy of tracking your mallet is in fact the best way on intercepting the puck.
The straight shot is in fact the simplest type of shot which can be learned because you only need to shoot the puck to straight to the goal. Though most people in fact think that it is the most predictable one, but this in fact have its use. The fact that this one is the most predictable type, a lot of people don’t expect you to be using it. With such a mindset, you could use this strategy as a deceptive counter.
Over Bank Strategy
Another type of strategy which you can use aside from the straight shot is the bank shot. The over bank shots actually are done if you are going to smash the puck towards the wall in order for it to move to various angles.
A shot like this is where you are going to hit the side of the wall that’s closer to the goal. It is also the more predictable type of bank shot simply because it will enable the opponent in seeing 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.
Though such tips are very basic, being able to master the basics helps you to become a master.