Top Ten Paintball Tips and Tricks

Paintball Tips to Improve Your Game

There are many tips that can improve your game of paintball that don't require massive amounts of money or new equipment. Each of these ten tips can be used to improve your game without costing any more than you already spend.

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High Angle View Of Paintball Shooters In Action
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The key to paintball is movement and there's no better paintball tip than to learn how to move. You should learn when to move, learn how to move, and move all the time.

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Get a Good Paint to Barrel Match

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You have to buy paintballs to play the game, so you might as well get some paint that fits. If your paint is round and fits snugly in your barrel your accuracy will improve dramatically.

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Walk the Field

Paintball players in grass aiming with paintball gun during a paintball game
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One trip around the field can pay off huge dividends as you learn the angles and know the locations of the best cover.

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Get in Shape

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A day of paintball is much more fun and you can actually focus on your game if you aren't constantly gasping for air. Get yourself into good enough shape so that your primary concern as you play is not whether your body can handle the next game.

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Know What You and Your Equipment Are Capable of Doing

Paintball team in a field
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If you know you can't shoot well when you run, save it for practice and don't try it in a game. If you know you can't win a high-speed shootout, don't try. If you know your gun isn't accurate beyond 60 feet, save your paint. When you know what your limitations are, you won't get yourself into trouble nearly as often. You should always work to get better, but a big game is not the right time.

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Don't Be the Hero

Paintball Shooter Hiding Behind Tree
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Paintball players have a tendency to want to be the star of the show and that often gets them into trouble. If you want occasional individual glory, feel free to try every game to win on your own. If, though, you actually want to win regularly, focus on teamwork and strategy.

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Plan, Plan, Plan

Paintball players preparing and planning game
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A good team strategy will almost always win against superior firepower and superior numbers. Make sure you all work together and then move in conjunction with each other and you will be able to crush the competition.

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Practice on Your Own

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Improve your game on your own time so that you are able to step on the field and perform. If you excel at playing defense, practice offense so that when your team needs you in a game you're ready to help.

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Paintball players walking through forest
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The more you communicate, the better you will do. Good communication will help you keep track of where on the field the opposing players are and it will help you coordinate attacks. Whether you shout or use radios, good team communication will greatly improve your game.

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Aim Before You Fire

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A trap that many paintball players fall into is to fire first and aim later. While it's easy to fire lots of paint and walk your shot into your target, after the first shot your opponent knows to move and you have a much smaller chance at getting a kill.