I haven't played in years. Used to be my life. I had my own table foosballsuperstore com/tornado/twister-ii-foosball-table/and practiced at least 3 hours every day. I've played against guys that were so fast, defending against them was pure luck. However, consistency is the key. You can do all the impressive shots you like, but if you aren't consistent, you won't win. One or two shots is all you need. I had about 6, but only used one, or two in a tournament. Once you realize what's working that day, stay with it. Pulls and pushes are simple, but if you are good, they work. I always liked the reverse pin into a pull. Been a long time, I miss it.