Seven Pro Tips for Buying an Air Hockey Table

Buying an air hockey table is a great investment for any game room. It can provide hours of fun for players of all ages—from kids to seasoned pros. Not every type of player wants the same kind of air hockey table, though. This air hockey table buyer’s guide will help you decide which type is right for you. Here are the seven factors you should consider when buying an air hockey table.

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How to Play Air Hockey: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking to learn how to play air hockey, you’re in the right place. We’ll break down what you need to play, the basic rules, and some tips to help you look like a pro. With this helpful guide, you’ll know how to play air hockey in no time.

What You Need to Play Air Hockey

Air Hockey Table with Digital Scoreboard

The Stratosphere air hockey table comes with a unique LED digital scoreboard that keeps track of the score. It also has a docking station with built-in speakers that let you play music while you play your game.

The most important thing you need to get started is the air hockey table itself. Most air hockey tables come with a digital scoreboard that keeps track of your points, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll need something to track this manually. You’ll also need a puck, which is the name for the disk passed back and forth between players. Lastly, you’ll need two mallets (aka strikers), which are the pieces players use to hit the puck. Here’s an example of puck and striker sets. Equipped with all these things, you’re ready to begin.
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The Pool Table Buyers Guide You Won’t Want to Miss

Buying a pool table is an investment. While there are cheap recreational billiards tables out there, most people choose to purchase models designed to last a lifetime. In fact, a high-quality table  becomes a family heirloom, like a grandfather clock or grand piano, so it’s important to consider your options carefully.

Pool table triangle

Photo credit: Fernando Prado under Creative Commons license.

In this pool table buyers guide, you’ll find the key factors to consider when purchasing the perfect high-quality pool table.
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The Quick and Easy Guide on How to Play Foosball

You’ve probably seen or played foosball before, but do you know the official rules for gameplay? This popular game, also called table soccer, was invented by Harold Thornton in 1921. He was inspired by his favorite English football team, Tottenham Hotspur, to create an easy game that families could play in their own homes. Foosball is now played all over the world, though it goes by many names. It’s called “baby foot” in France, “kicker” in Germany, and “futbolito” in Mexico.

No matter where you are or what it’s called, it’s always fun to be able to jump in and play along, so here is a quick explanation of how to play foosball.

What You Need to Play Foosball

Close up of a fooseball table

Close up of a foosball table (CC)

To play foosball, you need 2-4 players, a foosball table, and a ball. Each player maneuvers 2-4 rods, controlling a total of 13 players per team. Players stand on opposite sides, twisting their rods to get their players to “kick” the ball into their opponent’s goal.

In a one-on-one game, a single player can go back-and-forth between his or her four rods. For a two-on-two game, teammates each take two rods and either play the role of defense or offense.
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How to Choose the Right Cue Stick

Pool Table Wizard

Graphic by Colleen Cochran

So you’ve perfected your wizardry on the pool table, have you? Just as wizards earn the right to carry their own personal magic wands, so too, you’ve earned the right to your own pool stick. While searching for the perfect cue, keep in mind the words of Harry Potter, “The wand chooses the wizard.”

Spellbinding pool playing appears when there is a strong affinity between the pool player and his or her cue stick. The player learning from the pool cue, the cue responding to its player. While initial attraction will always be the start of the relationship between pool cue and player, here are a few particulars to consider before making a final purchase.
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How to Clean Every Inch of Your Pool Table

Treat your pool table as you would an exquisite baby grand piano. Chances are, it probably cost you nearly as much. Like a piano, you must maintain your pool table, you’ve got to clean it, and you’ve got to play it. Like any other fine piece of furniture, you want it to retain its beauty, its functionality, and you want it to last a lifetime.

Here’s what you do to clean your pool table and keep it in tip-top shape for maximum longevity and playability.

Pool Table Care: Prevention

Care for your pool table starts with prevention of dirt, dings, cracks, sun damage, and any forms of mishandling. Let your guests know the rules. If you are shy about doing so, you might consider placing a sign on the wall with some rules listed.
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Man-Cave Must Haves for Father’s Day

All men, and especially dads, need “me-time.” Often referred to as a “man cave,” a guy needs his own special place where he can unwind after a high-pressure day. He might use the space to zone out, to play a little, or to plug away at his favorite hobbies. After some time for himself, his Zen will be reclaimed. Ultimately, the man of the house will have renewed energy to meet professional challenges, as well as to provide care and attention to the people in his home.

While women’s need for “me-time” is highly chronicled, a British study of 2000 men found that 85% of men admitted that they need their own space too. The study noted, “Whilst the efforts of working mums are well-documented, we forget how much modern men have to do.” The study discussed how men, especially dads, play a much more hands-on role in the home than did men of previous generations. They juggle the daily stresses of work, then come home to help with evening meals and bedtime routines, and everything in between.

A man’s personal turf should be filled with those items that will help him de-stress and rejuvenate. Below are a list of Father’s Day gift ideas sure make any man happy.
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Spacing Guide for Your Pool Table

How Much Space Do You Need for a Pool Table

To jump straight to it, here’s how much space you need for each size spool table:

  • 7 foot pool tables = 13′ x 16′
  • 8 foot pool tables = 13′ 6″ x 17′
  • 8.5 foot pool tables = 18′ x 14′
  • 9 foot pool tables = 18′ 6″ x 14′ 6″

You can find all of these sizes by visiting our website here.

Pool Table Size Min Room Size Actual Playing surface
7 foot 16′ x 13′ 39.5″ x 79″
8 foot 17′ x 13′ 6″ 44″ x 88″
8.5 foot 18′ x 14′ 46″ x 92″
9 foot 18′ 6″ x 14′ 6″ 50″ x 100″

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The Best Air Hockey Glossary

Watch Closely…

Air hockey is definitely a game of skill, requiring patience, attention, and fast reflexes. The rules of the game are simple enough, meaning that just about anyone can play; but not all will play well. Beginners will have to overcome a learning curve, testing their patience and dedication to reaching a higher level. This air hockey glossary is a great way for a beginner to learn the ropes.

Start at the Very Beginning

Before you try to reach the top of the air hockey food chain, you need to understand some of the basic components of the game. We’ll start by getting familiarized with some terminology.

Air Hockey Table Layout Diagram

Top view of an average air hockey table with colored sections – Own Work (Image under copyright of GameTablesOnline.com)

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