Air Hockey – Start Here

If you are new to air hockey, this page is here to help you to kickstart your new recreational obsession, and if you are up for a bit of competition, you can take your game to the next level and play competitively.

Beginners

As much fun as it is to dive straight in and just start playing, it’s even more fun if you actually win.

People often assume that it just takes practice to be a good air hockey player, or, maybe that some people are just born air hockey superheroes. But that’s really not an accurate picture. Yes, it takes practice, but there are also some basic tactics and techniques that you can easily adopt, to vastly improve your game – and chances of winning.

You see even Air Hockey World Champions had to start at the beginning – and they started by learning some well-known, basic air hockey tactics and techniques. These tactics and techniques are still part and parcel of their game, even at a world championship level.

The great thing is, that the basics are very easy to pick up, even for your child. You can practice them at half speed and then ramp up your speed when it all starts to click.

The first thing you will need to learn is how to grip the mallet like a pro. It’s such a simple detail, but it will make the world of difference to your game (and you’ll be able to spot an amateur a mile off once you learn the right way).

In my quick illustrated guide linked below, I will take you through the basics – it covers the grip, how to block the puck, and how to take a shot:

The Rules

Ready to play your first game? Here are the simplified rules to quick-start your game. You will also find a link to the official rules, plus some rules that I found hilarious if you want to take a look.

Intermediates

I see lots of comments from people who are really good at air hockey Some have never lost a match. But what many people don’t realize that it’s possible for everyone to play air hockey at world competition level.

Both USAA and AHPA tournaments are open to all skill levels, and players who take part and finish the tournament will gain World Ranking. For more information and how to register, click the link below:

Table Care and Maintenance

If you’ve invested in an air hockey table, it’s really important that you take a little time to clean it on a regular basis. Dirt on the surface of your table will clog the holes and slow the puck. You just need a few do’s and don’ts to follow, to make sure you don’t run the risk of damaging the surface.

Here’s our guide: