Low-impact paintball is just as tactically tricky as full-impact paintball: the balls just move a little slower. That's what makes it so fun and engaging for beginners and younger players. However, you still need to master some very important tips, tactics, and strategies before you begin. These basic guidelines will help you become a master low-impact paintball player. And should you ever decide to go full-speed, these tactics will still be useful!
The Best Safety Equipment Tips
First of all, you need to invest in some good paintball safety equipment. Even low-impact paintball is going to require some basic body protection gear. Typical paintball safety equipment to purchase includes:
- A safety face mask that fits comfortably and snugly over your face
- Thermal protection to prevent lens fogging
- Clothing that covers all bare skin
- Elbow, shoulder, and knee pads (to avoid damage to your joints)
- First aid kit
The last item is particularly important if you're playing in a rural paintball arena. While the speed of the low-impact balls shouldn't cause more than a sting, people may still get hurt should they fall. A first aid kit can help treat non-serious wounds and temporarily treat other wounds until help arrives.
Carefully Choose Your Shots
Once you're ready to play, you need to understand how to take carefully choose and take your shots. Don't simply run into the arena madly shooting paintballs. You will likely quickly run out of paintballs before hitting anybody and will make yourself a sitting duck for opponent players.
Instead, try to find a good angle on an opponent before shooting. Good angles are generally higher in the air, such as on a hill or in a position they can't reach. Once you've got the angle, squeeze off one or two well-aimed shots.
When in an unplanned situation, such as an ambush, where you don't have a good angle, try to run in a zigzag to make yourself harder to hit. A random pattern in which you change the lengths of your zigs and zags will be the most effective. Now, squeeze of a few suppression shots to drive away your opponent and to avoid getting tagged.
Always Look for Cover
Finding great cover is the best way to succeed in paintball. In a great paintball arena, there should be plenty of trees and buildings in which you can take cover. However, if you're unable to find anything and you desperately need cover, just fall to the ground and look for long grass. And try to keep your face mask down: it's usually the first thing anyone will see when looking for you.
Learn How to "Flank"
Now, we'll discuss how to get out of a bad situation: being pinned down. If your opponent has you trapped and won't let up, flanking is often the only option you have. Basically, you need to split your team into two smaller groups and sneak around the sides of your opponent. Attacking them from two sides breaks their shot focus and makes it harder for them to attack.
As a result, they're likely to panic and abandon their position quickly. The best way to flank is to crawl, with your gun pointed forward. That way, you can minimize your noise, decrease your visibility, and still give yourself a good shot angle.
Hopefully, these simple tips have given you the impetus to try out our low-impact paintball experience. If you're interested in getting out on the field and having some fun, please contact us today to make a reservation. Our facilities are always in high demand, so make sure to book well in advance to get the time you want.