Telescopic rods are not just a gimmick used for home foosball tables – telescopic rods are widely used in professional tables for decades! Why did they become so popular? Their main advantage is safety. That’s something most people don’t even consider when researching foosball tables. How can a foosball table be unsafe – it’s just a table, isn’t it?
But can you imagine getting hit by a metal rod to your hand, or a kid getting a hit to his head? Telescopic rods eliminate all safety risks associated with protruding rods.
Top foosball tables with telescopic rods:
*TOP PROFESSIONAL PICK*
Tornado Tournament 3000
Tornado Tournament 3000 is not only one of the best foosball tables overall, but it also features telescopic rods! This table is certified as an official ITSF tournament foosball table!
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This is one of the best choices for those who take Foosball seriously. With a weight of 355 lbs and legs with adjustable levers, it’s extremely stable and sturdy. This table is perfect for competitive play – It’s actually one of the tables officially certified by ITSF!
ITSF tables have to adhere to the highest standards when it comes to the quality of finish, longevity, and predictability and consistency of play. What do I mean by that?
Tables where manufacturers cut corners to save costs, often develop a handful of problems. One of them is an uneven playing field – the field might not be flat, and the ball will run away from players. This really takes the fun out of play and makes the game unfair.
That’s where the sturdiness and weight of Tornado Tournament 3000 comes in handy. The thickness of plywood used in manufacturing prevents it from bending later on. Entry-level foosball tables often come with thin plywood, to save both material and weight. But when it comes to foosball tables, more weight is better! And with 355 lbs, Tornado is the king.
Wobbly rods, caused by low-quality bearings is another thing that really sucks. Quality tables always use quality bearings, as it’s one of the most important aspects of the game. It’s extremely important that the resistance when rotating and moving the rods, is exactly the same between different units of the same model. To achieve that, quality bearings are a must, but so is regular maintenance.
Quality of balls is another weakness of lower quality foosball tables. Sometimes, the material is not perfectly distributed or not in an exact ball shape, which leads to an egg-like behavior of the ball. This is rather rare, a more common problem is balls which get damaged after heavy play. A table certified by ITSF definitely won’t see those problems.
*BEST FAMILY PICK*
Garlando Foosball Table F-100
Garlando F-100 is a sturdy foosball table with telescopic rods and a beautiful cherrywood coating finish.
The key advantage of telescopic rods – safety.
If you ever played foosball with children present, you know how difficult is it to keep them away from the table. A strike with the rod to the head is something I hope will never happen to anyone. Even a low velocity hit to sensitive areas like eyes can have irreversible consequences.
That’s why manufacturers of foosball tables, especially for the home market, have started to include telescopic rods instead of protruding ones.
It’s not just about a kid accidentally getting too close to the table. There’s always a risk of rod striking your hand – especially with beginner players during 1 on 1 play. They might struggle to find the correct rod without looking down, and put their hand in the wrong are. It’s quite common for beginners to accidentally catch opponents rod instead of own handle.
This is absolutely up to you, but protruding rods don’t really add to the overall appeal of the foosball table – which is often considered a part of the furniture, especially in home environment.
Classical protruding rods usually have plastic protectors on their protruding ends – which are often rather ugly. Take a look at this example:
If I had an option, I would definitely prefer a hit by this plastic end-cap instead of the metal rod directly – but I’m quite sure it would hurt either way!
Take a look at how to assemble a foosball table with telescopic rods
Assembling the table with telescopic rods is just as easy as assembling the one with protruding rods.
The rise of telescopic rods
Telescopic rods started to gain traction with the growth of home foosball table market. While solid rods are usually not a problem when only played by adults (although, injuries can happen), they become a real safety risk when foosball is played in an uncontrolled area with children moving freely.
With the rise of popularity, manufacturers started investing in safety as well. Solid rods now usually come with plastic stoppers at their ends. These stoppers have a bigger diameter than the rods, so if a strike happens, it’s not concentrated in one area, but rather evened out over a large area – which is much less dangerous and painful.
As with all foosball tables, and both kinds of rods (fixed – protruding and telescopic), it’s very important to keep them lubricated for several reasons:
- Properly lubricated rods provide a constant feeling when moving or rotating the rods (extremely important)
- It greatly reduces wear & tear on the bearings, and in case of telescopic rods – the wear of the telescoping mechanism.
- Having non-lubricated rods leads to hiccups in the movement of the rods – which heavily reduces the accuracy