The Aztecs had it spiritual games, games with physical manifestations of devotion and a struggle for collective triumph that remains central to our notions of sport. Over the past 3,000 years, we have simplified these fundamental concepts in FIFA 23 and beer pong. But I’m not complaining. I think it’s time to change our definition of serious play.
Although we commemorate professional sports with billions of dollars and stadiums and reward hardcore games with billions of dollars and Comic Con, simpler pleasures like beer pong are not recognized in the tacitly agreed “game that is not. truly a game”. But our relaxed weekend bacchanal also deserves recognition: a nice down by two Allagash Whites still offers the optimal state of play. To achieve this, I spoke to two Beer Pong champions, Pro Beer Sports CEO Eric Kutche and based in the UK Twitch streamer Bex Donaldon how to master beer pong, a brotherhood ritual that most people have performed in a happy, messy haze at least once.
What is beer pong?
We should establish the basic rules of the game before going into details, although there are many variations between them what country are you in and how creatively your friends want to get drunk. This is the bottom line:
- There are two teams of two
- Each team places 10 cups full of quarters, ideally red Solo, in a pyramid shape at opposite ends of a table
- You alternate with your opponent, getting two turns to land a ping pong ball in his cup and take it out. Your opponent must snort his eliminated cups.
- If your team hits both throws, the ping pong balls are “rolled back” and you get two additional chances to sink your ball into an enemy cup
- When all the cups of a team are finished, the game is over
But your path to the greatness of pong is only just beginning, young bartender.
1. Choose your cup and focus on it
Kutche’s love affair with beer pong began like any other fairytale, in college. “I’ve always been one of the best players anywhere I’ve played,” he said. “I trained all the time because my group of friends played so much and I wanted to win.”
Eventually, Kutche and his friends sought a larger arena. “My friends and I have always wanted to be able to participate in competitive beer pong tournaments, but there wasn’t much going on,” he said. They created Pro Beer Sports, which currently runs a Beerlympics and weekly beer pong tournaments in an effort to turn the possibly belittled game into something more serious, as did video game esports.
“I call our version of drinking games ‘bSports’ because we play at the highest level,” he said. “We will bring beer pong to ESPN.”
Get into that fighter mentality with Kutche’s first tip. “He always shoots a specific cup,” he said. “If you want to be a true beer pong master, practice hitting the last cup. If you manage to reach the last cup within three strokes, you will win most of your beer pong games. “
2. Watch your arm
There are three common beer pong flips: a graceful bow, a lively fastball, or a single casual bounce off the table. Kutche is partial to style and grace.
“The best shots are the ones that arch through the air,” he said. “If I could trace the flight of the ball after it is thrown, it should look more like a rainbow than a straight line.”
To help you get that nice angle, “While filming, keep your arm parallel to the table so your arm makes a 90-degree angle with your body,” Kutche said.
Like Kutche, Bex Donald found beer pong in college. Playing well “came naturally,” he said, “I competed in the shot put in high school, so I think the skills have moved on a bit and, as a player, I think my goal has helped in life. real”.
Eventually he ran a nightclub beer pong table as a part-time gig and won “a few hundred pounds worth of drinks over the years”.
For her, beer pong throwing is an individualized activity. “Find your balance in your stance and the pose you’re comfortable with and that will help guide your winning shots,” she said.
3. Get your attitude right
“The most important rule of beer pong is to have fun!” Kutch said. Playing any game for the first time can feel intimidating, especially in a group-oriented drinking game that adult movies may have forever labeled just for you as great kids.
But you shouldn’t “take the game too seriously,” Kutche said. “Everyone wins at a beer pong game. I’ve seen so many people become friends, or even couples, after meeting at the beer pong table ”.
Donald echoed the statement. “Don’t be under pressure from your opponents or your team, take your time and focus,” he said. “Even the professionals miss a few shots, but practice makes perfect”.
Donald also introduced me to an important metric, something she calls PPIP: Peak Performance Inebriation Point.
“This is the amount of drinks that lead you to gain enough confidence but not enough to lose focus when playing bar games,” he said. “Mine is two and a half to three pints.”
4. Consider water instead of beer
“Many people think of fraternity parties and binge drinking when they think of beer pong, but Pro Beer Sports is changing that perspective by treating beer pong and other drinking games as sports,” Kutche said. “We play with water in mugs because I lived through the era of beer in mugs and looking back, it was disgusting.”
I also play with water. But if you’re willing to take the gross, you should take it all the way. Donald suggests that players learn to swallow beer well so that it “doesn’t distract you from the game in progress.”
“Some beer pong setups will have lukewarm, flat, gross beer. Unfortunately, this is a sports risk, “she said.” A little tip I have is to raise your little finger while I drink and stare at it, almost like looking at the horizon to avoid travel sickness. This helps me. “
After internalizing all these tips, I, a person who does very well in beer pong, decided to put it to the test … playing the iMessage version, Game Pigeon of the game called Pong cup. It’s far from a perfect replacement, I know, but it was my best and cleanest option at 12 noon on a Monday afternoon. Understated, unless you count the leftover rigatoni vodka sauce from which I keep picking.
Red cups, rainbow arches, and peer pressure rang in my head. I was nervous at first, knowing I was a sportswoman with wildly inconsistent iPhone fingers.
Choose a cup. She shoots in a bow, I remembered. Incredibly, I won the game for the first time, so I can confirm that these tips work for both real and virtual cups. Next time I’ll play Mark Zuckerberg in a Farmville 6D simulation.
But when you find yourself at an IRL beer pong table, remember these tips and try to enjoy it as a moment of easy bacchanal. The low-stakes games that we constantly create throughout history, like beer pong, like iMessage volleyball, aren’t really about winning, it’s just about the love to play.