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General Chat / Correct ball for Binzini B90
« Last post by barribow on August 07, 2018, 03:41:41 PM »
I recently ordered a Bonzini B90 table for our company and it came with 4 cork and 4 itsf balls.
Now when we play the ball goes to the dead zone quite often and somehow the game becomes annoying.

I wonder if we should use bigger balls. These seem 34mm, I am not quite sure if we should size up or not and if yes to what size and how/where to get it.

Thanks!
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General Chat / Getting chemistry in DOUBLES Play
« Last post by kayko2000 on August 06, 2018, 09:08:14 PM »
Been a long time since I've been on the forum.  Haven't really spent much time playing in 6-7 yrs.  But I'm back!  And so are my questions....

There are questions, then sub-questions.  This could get ugly.
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When you hook up with someone for doubles, what are the things you talk about to develop chemistry and know how to play together for defense and offense?

DEFENSE FIRST:

Unfortunately, when I play D in doubles, I don't communicate too much with my partner.  If I'm the forward, I'm looking to blocking every ball.  I try to establish what shots the opposing goalie uses, and take those away with good positioning using both 3 and 5 bars, and aggressive "shaking".  If I'm the goalie, I'm usually on the side the ball is on and moving with the ball.  I would say that this plan has worked relatively well, but there must be improvements available through zone defenses and using all 4 bars working together.  I don't distrust my partner, I just try to stop every ball if I can.

So, how do pro doubles players start the discussion?  What are some of the ways (man/rod positions) the two players can defend together?  e.g. set up this way, then if the ball goes this way, do this.  This may be tough to describe without photos/videos.


OFFENSE:
Passing plays and shooting from the back.
Depending on the shooting and passing repertoire of the goalie, how do you coordinate passing or shooting from the back?  For example, while goalie is setting up, forward should always have his 3-bar down against the wall on whichever side the ball is on (and moving from side to side as his goalie moves the ball).  Are there any common signals goalies use to tip off his forward that a pass is coming - or is that too amateur?  How does the forward avoid blocking his goalie's shot, but still be there to catch the ball for passes?

Hope the questions are too open.  I'm sure we will deep dive into certain examples...
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General Chat / New bearings for Sportcraft table?
« Last post by wfcook on August 04, 2018, 10:54:53 AM »
I acquired a table for free that needs new bearings. This appears to be a model of table that is/was widely available under a number of different brand names; mine is a SportCraft.

The sidewalls are 1.5 in thick and the holes for the bearings are 1.25". The original bearings had fairly cheap plastic ball bearings in them that came into direct contact with the rods.

Are there bearings available that fit this?
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General Chat / Re: 1976 BLUE TS Table with original balls
« Last post by john.dooley on July 30, 2018, 03:18:18 PM »
THanks, Thats what I will do.
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General Chat / Re: 1976 BLUE TS Table with original balls
« Last post by bolt115 on July 30, 2018, 12:34:07 PM »
I do not think there is much value there and you might struggle trying to give it away. Maybe list on GL for $150 and see how it goes
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General Chat / 1976 BLUE TS Table with original balls
« Last post by john.dooley on July 29, 2018, 07:35:13 PM »
I am new here. Can anyone tell me what my 1976 Blue tourney table with original balls is worth.....Great condition, just normal wear and tear. This is NOT A COIN OP table.
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General Chat / Re: How to determine the age of a Patterson table?
« Last post by cofoosn on July 26, 2018, 12:47:17 PM »
Haven't forgot about you.

-p
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General Chat / Re: Tornado rods appear pitted, is this a deal breaker?
« Last post by tds73 on July 24, 2018, 07:14:40 PM »
Thanks for the input. I will play a ball for a bit and see. It is a conditioned space, full of pinball machines, pool table, arcades, etc... So i would like to think there are no major humidity issues/leaks. I will check it out.
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General Chat / Annapolis, MD Foosball after the Whiskey Closed?
« Last post by wfcook on July 24, 2018, 03:34:03 PM »

I used to go play occasionally in Annapolis at a place called "The Whiskey", but it is no longer there. Where did that crowd move on to?
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