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Fingering & Blowing

Guys finger. Girls blow.

Now that we’ve got your attention…we’re talking about beer pong. Get your minds out of the gutter!

In some places, there are house rules about specific actions that players can take when a ball is spinning around the inner rim of a beer pong cup. On these occasions, guys may “finger” the ball out of the cup before it touches the liquid, and girls may blow on the ball to attempt to prevent it from landing in the cup.

These rules are fun at parties, where the potential for innuendo is pretty much unlimited and there’s likely to be a lot of flirting going on. If you’re playing in an actual tournament, though, these moves are actually not all that useful.

Why, you ask?

The biggest problems with the finger/blow rule are that 1) it’s really hard to judge if people are playing fair, and 2) it makes the game a hell of a lot longer.

When you have two teams separated by 8 feet of party pong table, judging whether people are playing fair is almost impossible. Was that ball actually clearly in the cup when the girl blew it out (and blew beer all over the table)? Had that ball already landed when that guy fingered it out? Unless you have a 3rd party present to arbitrate, these kinds of questions can lead to all kinds of frustration and even fights between the two teams. Since the whole point of playing beer pong is to be friendly and sociable, that kind of defeats the point. If you’re playing for fun, by all means, use the finger/blow rule and as many other randomly entertaining house rules you want. But if you’re playing for points, keep it simple so that it’s easy for everyone to both have fun and play fair.

Aside from fairness and keeping things friendly, the blowing/fingering rule adds a lot of time to the game.  Again, this is totally fine in a small group playing for fun context, but it can get irritating when you have a larger group and/or are playing for points. When players try to influence the beer pong balls as they’re circling the cups, rather than just letting gravity do its thing, they’re increasing the time of each play, which can make games last approximately forever. Particularly when your team is waiting to play, there’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for a game of beer pong that just won’t end.

What’s your opinion on the blowing/ fingering of beer pong balls? Do you play with this rule? Let us know in the comments!

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Posted in Party Pong Articles 7 years, 8 months ago at 10:18 am.

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  1. Mark McMurray Nov 11th 2011

    Yes we do allow fingering / blowing at our place. Most of the people who play here follow the rule fairly (or so we believe). I do admit though that there are a couple issues with the rule. Sometimes when guys try and finger the ball out they knock over the whole cup and beer gets everywhere. No good. Also when the girls try to blow they sometimes knock the cups over at the edge of the table because of leaning on the table. All in all it probably causes more problems than its worth but oh well. It’s all fun!

  2. Richie Franke Nov 14th 2011

    I feel it adds a nice twist, reactions to finger or blow the ball out must be quick and keep both teams on their toes. It can kill a teams momentum and spirit to have the ball torn from a cup. A second chance due to your opponents lack of ability to drop the ball straight in


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