Air Hockey

What is the Regulation Air Hockey Puck Size?

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Growing up, I always gravitated towards air hockey tables. It's simple game that you can play with anyone. Over the years, I've noticed that pucks come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. And I noticed that I liked playing with certain pucks more than others. But that leaves the question... 

What is the official air hockey puck size for competitive play?

The Official air hockey puck size is 3.25 inches in diameter and ¼ inches in height. The regulation hockey puck size is intended for full size air hockey tables. 

Now that we have that sorted out, let's look at some other related questions about air hockey equipment...

How much does an air hockey puck weigh? 

Air hockey pucks come in small to medium sizes and can vary from 1.8 inches to 3.5 inches in diameter. Pucks can weigh up to 42 grams (about 1.5 ounces).

Smaller tables usually have smaller and lighter pucks and bigger tables have the bigger and heavier pucks. 

What are air hockey pucks made of? 

Most air hockey pucks are made out of 100% Lexan plastic and come in a variety of colors like yellow, red, or fluorescent green.

Why are some pucks large and others small? 

It really depends on the size of the table and the brand of the puck. Usually, cheaper tables have smaller blower motors, therefore the pucks needs to be lighter in order to float on the table.  

Small pucks and tables are ideal for children or young teens. For older players it's better to use a larger, heavier pucks with a larger table to help prevent pucks taking off into the air when hit with more force..

What’s an air hockey table size? 

Regulation size air hockey tables are 99 ½ “ L x 51 ¼” W x 31” H.Full size tables are 90 inches in length and 50 inches in width.

In order to fit a full size air hockey table in your game room, it's best to have at least a 10 foot by 7 foot area of open space.

How big are air hockey mallets? 

Air hockey mallets are also known as pushers and paddles or goalie mallets. They come in a variety of sizes depending on the size of the table and puck. The maximum size (and the size used on most regulation tables) is 4 inches in diameter. 

If you'd like to see the best way to hold an air hockey mallet during game play, be sure to checkout our post: How to Hold an Air Hockey Mallet.

Do all air hockey mallets come with pads? 

Pads are simply felt on the bottom side of the air hockey mallet. Not all air hockey mallets come with pads. It's dependent on the player's preference. Some feel that a pad will slow down their reaction time and thus hindering game play. 

If a player prefers felt pads, make sure to replace them over time. The issue with them is that dust and dirt will collect on them over time and eventually can lead to damage of the playing field that it is designed to protect. 

How much should an air hockey mallets weigh? 

Air hockey mallets have no minimum weight rules but in competitive air hockey, rules dictate that it should weigh 6 oz or less. The heavier a mallet the more force and speed you can get behind your shots.

If you'd like to see the best way to hold an air hockey mallet during game play, be sure to checkout our post: How to Hold an Air Hockey Mallet.

Related Questions


What should I do if my Air Hockey table has clogged holes?

Clogged air holes happens when dirt, dust, or other debris gets into the holes of the air hockey table surface. You can see this in a lot of tables that sit idle or are in storage for awhile. 

Sometimes we see this when someone mistakenly waxes an air hockey table top.

A good way to clean them out is the vacuum the holes to help dislodge the particles. If that does not work do not use a needle to poke at the holes. This can enlarge the holes and effectively destroy your playing surface.

If the holes are larger than the original this can affect the game play. Use a pressurized can of air with a straw to help unclog the holes.

What's a boomerang air hockey table versus regular air hockey table? 

There are two shapes of air hockey tables. There is a regular air hockey table where the goals are set up like a regular hockey rink with two goals on the opposite end.

There is also the boomerang air hockey table. It's a great space saver. The goals are on the same end and both players stand at the same of the of the table and hit pucks against the opposite wall, relying on the bounce to score in their opponent's goal. Boomerang tables are less common, but certainly an interesting twist on the traditional air hockey table. 


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