Derek Workman finds a measure of comfort in that fact that "even in a globalized world of evermore uniformity, table football, foosball, csosco, lagirt or whatever you want to call it still has no absolutely fixed idea of what really does constitute the core of the game":
The American/Texas Style is called "Hard Court" and is known for its speed and power style of play. It combines a hard man with a hard rolling ball and a hard, flat surface. The European/French Style, "Clay Court" is exactly opposite of the American style. It features heavy (non-balanced) men, and a very light and soft cork ball. Add to that a soft linoleum surface and you have a feel best described as sticky. In the middle is European/German Style, "Grass Court," characterized by its "enhanced ball control achieved by softening of components that make up the important man/ball/surface interaction." And even the World Championships use five different styles of table, with another 11 distinct styles being used in various other international competitions.
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