How To Use Thumb To Hit A Coin In Carrom

How To Use Thumb To Hit A Coin In Carrom

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We have already covered the basics of carrom game and the rules. In this article, we will explain how to use your thumb to hit a coin in carrom game.

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What Is A Thumbshot In Carrom Game?

There are different styles of striking a coin in carrom game. Striking the coin with your thumb is called thumbing or a Thumbshot. It is also called a backshot.

Using your thumb to hit a coin in carrom game is allowed in tournaments and in the International Carrom Laws. It is allowed in tournaments, as the players are seated and have a fixed baseline to play from. So they take thumb shots to strike backwards.

In a casual carrom game, players often move around and choose their baseline. Therefore, in such a game you only shoot forward and Thumbshot's are not allowed.
In this article, we will discuss how to use thumb to hit a coin in carrom.

How To Use Thumb In Carrom

You can use the thumb of either hand in a carrom game. For example, if you have used your left thumb once, you can use your right thumb in the next turn. However, you can use only one hand at a time in carrom game. So, you cannot use both thumbs at the same time.

We will explain how to use a thumb in different styles of shooting.
Striking with your thumb and middle finger

This is one of the most popular striking styles. This is a forward shot.

  • Keep your hand steady on the board with the base of your palm.
  • Rest your thumb lengthwise on the board beside the striker.
  • Curl your fingers and let the tips rest on the board as though you have a ball in the palm of your hand.
  • Position your middle finger on the board immediately behind the middle of the edge of the striker, touching the striker with your fingernail if possible.
  • Hold back the middle finger with your thumb before flicking.
  • Build up a forward pressure and flick the middle finger forward. This will propel the striker.

You can try shooting in different angles by changing the direction of the hand according to the position of the coins. Practice your skills by playing the carrom game on  GetMega Carrom app now!

Striking with your thumb and index finger

This is probably the most popular style. Most beginners use this strike as it is easy to flick the fingers in this way

This strike is similar to above except that you use the index finger instead of the middle finger. This is also a forward shot.

Thumbshot

This is backshot used for shooting with the thumb.

As we explained earlier, some casual games only allow forward shots. So check first whether your game allows this type of shot to avoid any fouls.

  • Keep your hand steady on the board with the base of your palm.
  • Rest your thumb lengthwise on the board beside the striker.
  • Your thumb should be immediately behind the middle of the edge of the striker. Try touching the striker with your fingernail if possible.
  • Curl your fingers and let the tips rest on the board. It will look as if you have a ball in the palm of your hand.
  • With your index or middle finger hold back the thumb
  • Flick your thumb to strike the striker.

Now you know how to use thumb to hit a coin in carrom. Download the GetMega app now, and start playing the exciting game of carrom with your friends and family!


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