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3 goalie vs 1 goalie foosball

post #1 of 55
Thread Starter 
I am thinking about getting a foosball table. I grew up playing on a table that had been in a bar. It was very heavy-duty, and featured a one goalie rod. Now that I've "grown up" I'd like to get a good foosball table. I'm looking at the Tornado cyclone IIs and the like. One thing I've noticed is that most of these tables come with 3 goalie rods. I see there are options for one goalie, but I'm curious as to people's opinions about the one vs 3 goalie game.

Thanks
post #2 of 55
I suck at foosball, so my table has three goalies.
post #3 of 55
I prefer the single goalie table but that may be because that was the version that I played in college.
post #4 of 55
If your not very good, 3 goalie. If it's for competive (money on the line) like me, get 1 goalie. Makes things more competitive.
post #5 of 55
As long as it has telescoping rods it's alright... my preference is the 1 goalie for sure.

This is the type of table I prefer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e5Is2c-CzA
post #6 of 55
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Originally Posted by ril850 View Post

If your not very good, 3 goalie. If it's for competive (money on the line) like me, get 1 goalie. Makes things more competitive.

At my house, usually we play for fun, not money, and nobody is a foosball pro. If you want tournament play, go for one goalie, if you want a fun table that everyone can play, go for three.

Dave
post #7 of 55
the tournaments I played were all 3 goalie and that is also what I prefer.

actually I cant stand the sloped corners.... tornado's are 3 goalie (well you said something about an option) but all the bar tables i have seen are 3 goalie....

I just dont like the idea of a bad shot in the corner miraculously turning on goal and going in.... less skill.
post #8 of 55
Thread Starter 
Yeah, all the tourney pics I've seen have 3 goals. That's why I was curious, as I would imagine 1 goalie is more difficult.
post #9 of 55
1 goalie is "real" foosball...

WAY back in the day (geez, i'm getting old ) when we used to play tournament foosball, it was 1 goalie... 3 goalie tables are a recent phenomenon... i don't ever remember seeing a 3 goalie table back then...
post #10 of 55
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Originally Posted by crackity View Post

the tournaments I played were all 3 goalie and that is also what I prefer.

actually I cant stand the sloped corners.... tornado's are 3 goalie (well you said something about an option) but all the bar tables i have seen are 3 goalie....

I just dont like the idea of a bad shot in the corner miraculously turning on goal and going in.... less skill.


I don't ever recall seeing a bad shot go in the corner and then turning on goal and going in? I can't even think of way for that to happan with a sloped corner, the slope goes away from the net, not towards.

I honestly can't see how the sloped corners effects the skill of the game at all.
post #11 of 55
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Originally Posted by roar View Post

I don't ever recall seeing a bad shot go in the corner and then turning on goal and going in? I can't even think of way for that to happan with a sloped corner, the slope goes away from the net, not towards.

Sloped corners make it more difficult to trap the ball with your goalie, but I agree I've never seen it make it "easier" to score. I would think it makes it harder. Maybe I could get both a three goalie rod and a one goalie rod and compare the two.
post #12 of 55
with enough practice, sloped corners can be used to the advantage of the goalie when passing/shooting the ball...
post #13 of 55
I bought a harvard solid wood table for $100 last week. It has 3 goalies and I still suck at it. Its a blast to play though. Almost as good as the bubble hockey table.
post #14 of 55
Once you get good enough, I doubt it matters. Having 1 goalie or 3 goalies makes no difference against a good snake shot. Go with whatever you like.
post #15 of 55
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Originally Posted by roar View Post

As long as it has telescoping rods it's alright... my preference is the 1 goalie for sure.

This is the type of table I prefer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e5Is2c-CzA

after watching that video i want a foosball table
post #16 of 55
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Originally Posted by roar View Post

As long as it has telescoping rods it's alright... my preference is the 1 goalie for sure.

This is the type of table I prefer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e5Is2c-CzA

Man, I think I've probably played against that guy.

That would be a FABI table, which is quite popular up here in Canada (I've never actually seen a Tornado). You can do all kinds of crazy tricks on these things.
post #17 of 55
what is FABi table?
post #18 of 55
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Originally Posted by elmalloc View Post

what is FABi table?

FABI is the brand of the foosball table in the video.
post #19 of 55
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Originally Posted by ril850 View Post

If your not very good, 3 goalie. If it's for competive (money on the line) like me, get 1 goalie. Makes things more competitive.

1 goalie doesn't make things any more competitive - you could probably even argue it makes things even less competitive as you can't control the ball in the corners (though you can certainly use the sloped corner to your advantage). The biggest tournaments in the U.S. are played on Tornado tables - the guys in these tournaments are nutso good.

As I'm sure everyone realizes, of the 3 'goalies' only the center man can actually block a shot on net. So it really isn't 3 goalies but a 1 goalie and 2 guys to get the ball out of the corners.

I have a Tornado Storm, one model down from what the OP is thinking of getting. It is a great table, very solid.

I'm an average player at best, but I have played on a few different high end tables...each have their own distinctive feel, but imo the Tornado's (Storm model and up) offer up the best playing experience. The ball control that can be achieved on a tornado is 2nd to none.

I will say one thing, don't skimp on a table, while your $200 (or whatever they cost) costco table may look really good, there is no comparison in terms of how solid the table is, playability and control vs. a higher end table. In foosball, you do get what you pay for.
post #20 of 55
how true that post is pheare. springing fo rmost costly table now.
post #21 of 55
I'm no table expert but thought that the costco table looked pretty solid. Is there a offical league foosball table?
post #22 of 55
when will you be a table expert
post #23 of 55
yea all tornado/dynamo tables have 3 guys on the goal rod. You can remove the guy if you want but it wont play right also check out shelti tables they are just as nice and build in the us. contact me if you are interested. http://www.shelti.com/
post #24 of 55
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Originally Posted by artyusmce View Post

I'm no table expert but thought that the costco table looked pretty solid. Is there a offical league foosball table?

Chances are good there is a league in your city. Just phone a place in your area that specializes in foosball tables, chances are they can point you in the right direction.
post #25 of 55
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Originally Posted by pheare View Post

Chances are good there is a league in your city. Just phone a place in your area that specializes in foosball tables, chances are they can point you in the right direction.

thanks the shelti tables look preety good where can you get them?
post #26 of 55
Not sure where you can buy Shelti. If you are serious about getting a good table, I would strongly consider the Tornado line. Model Storm or better (Cyclone or better if you are going to play tournaments).

Chances are if there is a league in your city or even just tournaments every now and then, they will be on Tornado tables. Best to practice at home on the table you will be playing with in competition.

But again, best bet is to find a dealer near you - they will know what tables are used in tournaments in your area.
post #27 of 55
MAN, there are a bunch of old hippys on here, "one goalie dude" "Deutschmeister Rocks" (I do love those tables) But seriously the table of today for the last say 10-15 years has been Tornado buy the cyclone II and call it a day.
post #28 of 55
I have a tornado table and love it. the kids from my sr. high youth group come over once a month and beat the crap out of it. no bent rods, no broken guys. the thing is a beast!!!
post #29 of 55
where can i buy a tornado
post #30 of 55
Our suggestion is that you do not buy any consumer version for foos and buy a commercial quality table - our opinion and experience is regardless of name brand the commercial table is better made.

It also seems like when Tournament Tornado was sold some years back quality wasn't quite as good as of old.

We kept looking and contacting arcade game providers and route managers and found an original Tournament Tornado around 1989. We bought from an 80 yr old guy who had sold his routes and had a few games in a shed behind his house.

I recall we bought the foos (three goalies on the bars) for $350 and two Alley Katz shuffle bowlers for $250 and a non-working original Star Trek flipper for just $50. None of the above games were in working order but were pristine in appearance.

Foos had a coin mechanism problem which I tinkered with and fixed in an hour and then removed coin wafers to put in on free play.

Combining shuffle parts I had one of the two working great in an afternoon and broke down the other one for remaining parts and to our great pleasure I cleaned contacts and replaced the lamp driver board (had a spare) in the Star Trek and it powered right up and we are still playing it today.

Said all that to prove the point that if you take the time to contact folks in the arcade business and get to know them a bit you can occasionally find incredible deals or commercial games that consumer knock offs simply can't compare with and once put in good working order you can play them to death without failures.
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