How to Win at Beer Pong

Two Parts:OffenseDefense

Beer Pong is the most popular game in college drinking. It is played at almost every party, and to be successful, you need lots of practice and to have the right mindset and enough skill to dominate every table you are on.

Part 1

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    Prepare the ball. Always wet the ball before shooting as this will increase it's accuracy and will help it glide through the air more smoothly. A dry ball will go a shorter distance and can be harder to aim too.
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    Get the correct stance. Standing ready for your shot, form is always key. Whichever hand you shoot with, that foot is in front. The opposite foot is set up further back for support.
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    Aim small, score big. Focus on one part of a cup. A great tip is “aim small, miss small”. This means if you aim for a bull’s-eye when your real target is the whole dart board, you will probably miss the bull’s-eye, but you will still hit the board.
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    Know your shots. When you release the ball, there are two types of shots that can be seen. A torpedo shot, where the ball fires out of the hand on a line drive, and an arc shot, where the ball is released higher and drops into a cup. The best advice for how to shoot is a mixture between the line drive and the arc. With some arc, it gives the ball eyes, and with the ball on the line, it adds more accuracy than just a straight arc shot.
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    Play smart. When an opponent is not paying attention, try to slip a bounce in there. Bouncing the ball into an opponent’s cup makes them take away two cups instead of one.

Part 2

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    Be alert at all times. Not much of beer pong consists of defense, but the best players know how to play. One Technique is to "pretend like you are not paying attention" while the other team is shooting, you can look away or start talking to someone on the sidelines. This encourages the other team to try a bounce shot, when you see out of the corner of your eye the other team attempting a bounce shot you can swat it away and after successfully blocking their shot taunt them.
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    Know your blocks.
    • GIRLS – When the ball is spinning around, you are allowed to blow into the cup to force the ball out. As long as the ball doesn’t hit the beer, it will not count as a shot if it comes out.
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    • GUYS – No blowing for you, but you can still force out a ball. While it’s spinning, reach in with your finger and try to get under the ball. You have to be fast! In and out. Finger under the ball, and pull out quickly.
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    Keep these tips in mind.
    • A good technique is when the other team is in the middle of re-racking the cups, try a bounce shot. If you make it then its two.
    • Be careful not to knock over the cup as it results in taking that cup out.


  • Be ready to get the ball after a shot, so your opponent won't reach for it to take another shot.
  • If you are doing really well, try to save your re-racks for later in the game. For example: Rather than using them on six and four cups and have them scattered try to save your re-racks for four and three (or even two) cups so, at the end of the game, the cups are closer to each other.
  • Never take your eyes off of the table.
  • If you don't have a ping pong ball in hand, grab one after your opponent(s) shot.
  • Do not place your party drink/cup of beer on the table because, if someone one on the other team makes a shot in it, they automatically win and you have to chug the drink.


  • Never drink and drive.

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