The great game of air hockey is becoming ever more attractive which is not a bad problem when there is a desperate effort by Governments around the world to get people into some sort of active exercise. This may not be the most balanced exercise programme but it will certainly develop a surprising level of fitness as the game demands a great speed of movement and the frictionless characteristics of the air tables ensure that this is always maintained.
The question above was when is the game called air hockey as the game can be played on an air table or on a table, which is made of a low friction material, which allows the puck to travel fast over its surface. This is usually a plastic type of sheet material. The answer is that it is always known as air hockey as long as the game is in principle the same but maybe not quite as fast on a non-air table as on a fully controlled air table. This development has allowed a complete generation of low cost so called air hockey tables to be developed and these have been able to bring the game to a whole new range of players who otherwise may never have considered the game. These air hockey tables usually sit on a normal table or are supported by folding legs, which can be folded away after use and the whole table can be neatly stowed away. The tables are usually around 4 foot in length and give a good starting position to see how attractive the game is going to be and will provide an ideal basis for an initial introduction into the sport. When the player decides he is good enough or wants to move on then he can progress to the larger air tables complete with an air fan providing a full frictionless cushion across the table.
The cheaper range of table should not be under estimated, as they will provide a very good starting base at a price level in the 25 range. Another way to start the game is to buy the game as part of a package of games in the form of a multi table gaming system where the table comes complete with other games like pool, table tennis and the various card games. There are a complete range of air hockey tables available for purchase and it is worth considering just where to start by examining what is available and how it will fit into the house.