Being skilled at beer pong makes you the life of the party.
That’s because most people are pretty bad at it.
It’s just a fun drinking game, so no one takes it seriously.
But with just a bit of practice and some additional preparation, you can rise above the rest.
You’ll easily become the best player at that next house party. And if you get good enough, you may even be able to go pro (seriously, there is a world series of beer pong).
Keep reading for our best tips and practices on how to get better at beer pong.
Table of Contents
- 1 How To Be Good At Beer Pong
- 2 How To Get Better At Beer Pong: Final Thoughts
How To Be Good At Beer Pong
You want to know how to get better at beer pong, so here it is. We’ll give you the things you need to focus on, and some ways you can practice and bring your skill level up.
You can’t win a game of beer pong if you can’t shoot. Accuracy is everything, and it’s what will make you a valuable team asset.
Whether it’s with strangers, or bar hopping with your buddy on a Friday night and hitting the cups, you need to be accurate and intentional with your shots.
I’ve seen so many guys just toss the ball like it doesn’t mean anything, and it’s just disgraceful. Here are some quick tips to increase your accuracy.
- Practice with wet ping pong balls. Balls get wet during normal matches, and it’s important to know how to play when this is thrown into the loop.
- Try this at home. Get your own portable regulation beer pong table, your cups (you can fill them with water), and start playing solo beer pong just to practice how the ball connects with the table, and understand its arc.
- Identify your throw. If you’re throwing the ball and your elbow is all locked up, then it’s not going as well as it could be. Loosen up, and throw straight.
- Start on a good night’s sleep. It’s more important than you know (more on this later).
How well can you actually handle your alcohol? Because a lot of people tend to get tipsy after two full beers if they drink them within thirty minutes.
We’re not trying to kill your liver or anything, but perhaps some practice is in order. Perhaps you should see where your threshold is so you know how you’ll be able to compete.
Also, it’s estimated that one in every two adults in America are either dehydrated or severely dehydrated, and when you’re dehydrated alcohol hits your brain faster. If you want to increase your alcohol tolerance, then you should work on hydrating more often.
Why do you think they bring you a glass of water with your beer?
Try to drink a half-gallon jug every single day. It takes roughly two to three days to rehydrate your body once you’ve encountered serious dehydration, so do this for, say, a week until you’re used to drinking this much water every day.
Then try your hand at beer pong again and see how your alcohol tolerance has changed. You should at least be able to hold down one more beer without falling off your rocker.
Mind games work wonders in beer pong. If you want the other person to miss, all you have to do is egg them on a little bit. Toy with their head. Use the troll rule (read What Is Trolling In Beer Pong?). Antagonize them just a little bit so that they can’t focus.
These are considered dirty tricks in beer pong, but what are you supposed to do? Let them win?
You have little to no impact on your opponent’s skill level. The only thing that can really impair that is the alcohol. You have to exercise what power you have.
Keep in mind that some mind games can go too far, so don’t do anything personal. Say stuff like, “You’re not going to make this shot” or “Ooh, feeling a little tipsy, are we? Can’t hold your beer?” but just be sure to keep personal things off the table.
If you aren’t having fun, then that leaves one other feeling that you could be having to replace it: frustration. Spoiler alert: it’s harder to learn when you’re frustrated.
Your brain doesn’t remember things or “write them down” in the same way. If you’re frustrated, you aren’t learning properly. Have fun with it, first and foremost, otherwise you’ll be robbing yourself of the learning experience.
Hail Mary shots and crazy, brand-new-to-you moves are going to work a lot better if you’re actually enjoying yourself.
Sleep On It
Sleep is powerful. No, seriously—it turns out that we learn when we sleep, like the day that we just had is in a temporary memory container, and when we sleep (properly), we’re able to transform those memories and experiences into talent and skill, as well as long-term memory.
If you’ve ever heard that you should sleep on a problem, it’s true. You should, because it actually helps you make better decisions.
Dr. Matthew Walker is a professor at UC Berkeley, and a sleep study specialist with over twenty-five years of experience, and he says that “You can’t pull an all-nighter and hope to be able to continue to learn.” And he’s right.
If you’re struggling with trying to practice beer pong, go to sleep after all your practice. You know, around the time it gets frustrating and you feel like you should be improving.
You’ll literally wake up the next day—provided that you slept well—with more technical know-how on beer pong than you had before.
Some Last-Minute Tips
These are just some last-minute tips that apply to the full, general game of beer pong. It’s not just centered around accuracy or nerve; it touches on everything. Take a look at these tips before you go.
Buzz It Up
It’s actually recommended to begin playing beer pong for the night with a bit of a buzz already. This is definitely dependent on your alcohol tolerance, but it can help take the edge off a bit.
You’re not worried about performance, you’re not worried about the crowd size around you; you can zone out and just focus on the game and landing those shots.
Sip All Night
Not losing? Then you’re not drinking a lot of beer, which means you’re not holding onto that buzz we just talked about.
You don’t want to get sloshed, but some pros actually like to have a stronger mixed drink on standby so that they can sip it through the night.
If you’re having a night where you’re on fire and not losing often, this is a good idea. It also means it’s going to take longer for you to break the seal.
How is this a way to get better at beer pong? Well, it soaks up excess alcohol in the system, so you’re able to drink more beer without getting quite as drunk.
Have something that’s going to help you feel your absolute best. That, or you can just get the bar nachos since grease helps with alcohol. Either or.
Look, A Bird!
Mind games are one thing, but if it’s allowed, you should also try to provide physical distractions to your opponent. Wave your hands around, flail a bit, do the chicken dance.
Whatever it is that’s going to capture their attention, even if it’s just by a very little bit. There are more ways to play mind games than one… speaking of which…
Count Their Misses
Every time your opponent misses a shot, remind them the second it happens. It’s going to royally piss them off. Eventually, when you recite their sixth or seventh mistake, they may even pop off in anger.
All it tells them is that you’re paying extra special attention to the match and how they’re playing, and you’re using it to your advantage in every way imaginable.
Don’t Stick To One Shot
Do you think a pitcher throws curve balls all the time, and absolutely nothing else? You know that they don’t, so why should you take the same exact shot every single time? Add some variety.
There are endless combinations to where you can hold the ball with your thumb, which non-thumb finger to use to grip the ball, how high to start it, and what not.
Diversify the types of shots you can take so your opponent will think you’re a jack-of-all-trades, and then crush the competition to let them know that you shouldn’t be messed with.
How To Get Better At Beer Pong: Final Thoughts
You have so many factors at play, but chief among them is just knowing how your shot is going to react when you throw the ball.
That, and being able to hold your beer for long enough to actually sink those shots. Especially if you are playing more hard core varieties of beer pong, like ring of fire (circle of death).
Keep practicing, look for any excuse you can to get better at it, and remember that sleep is going to be your biggest friend here. Don’t fight it. A full night’s rest before and after playing beer pong will make you better at it.