Madden ’15 — Ball Hawking Still Works!
If you’re having trouble with defense in Madden 15 and you’re not using the ball hawk feature I suggest you use it. It has helped me tremendously when playing against my friends and it’s very easy to do. Before I get into how to do it, I want to share an experience with you all.
This past weekend, a few friends of mine and I had our fantasy football draft. The draft was Saturday afternoon, but we all met up Friday night so we could watch some college football Saturday morning. That friday night, we all played some video games 2 on 2 so we could have the maximum amount of people playing and nobody was left out.
Keep in mind, none of us are particularly great at Madden, which made it that much more fun because we were all competitive. I got there late, and they already had 2 games in the bag, but I got on the controller pretty quickly. My teammate ended up being one of my best friends and someone who I lived with previously for about 3 years.
We went on a TEAR!
He grew up playing football (I grew up playing basketball) so I left all of the play calling to him. None of the other guys that we played against knew about ball hawking, so we made it up the field pretty quickly and scored on the majority of our drives; and our defense, thanks in large part to my ball hawking ability, got tons of interceptions.
After 2 games of winning by 21+ points and getting 8 then 6 interceptions, I decided to share my secret with them. Though, they couldn’t do it as well as I could (and my QB knew how to avoid it for the most part) their interceptions started to increase.
How to Ball Hawk
Like I said, ball hawking is fairly easy. I do it on just about every play, but it’s most effective on deep balls. While on defense, I choose a lineman to start with. Once the ball is hiked, I do whatever I can to get to the quarterback. If the QB gets the pass off (which he usually does) I immediately press B (circle if you’re on Playstation) to switch to the closest defender to the intended receiver, then I hold Y (triangle if you’re on playstation) and nothing else.
This causes the defender to go straight toward where the ball is going to be and jump up to try and get the interception; and it works. The majority of the time, it’s a deflected pass, but occasionally someone will catch the ball. When that happens, if you did it right, you have almost as much of a chance to catch it as the receiver does.
Be careful though. If you’re still rushing the quarterback when you switch to the defensive back and you’re still holding the stick down on accident, you’ll stop the defender from running giving the receiver a wide open catch and usually a touchdown.
That happened to me once this past weekend as well. I accidentally stopped my defensive back before starting the ball hawk and the receiver had a wide open touchdown. Fortunately, the guy I was playing with decided he wanted to run parallel to the endzone to show off a little. When he did that, I caught up and tackled him before he could score. A couple plays later, I got an interception using ball hawk on the goal line. He’ll probably never taunt again.
Tips to Avoid the Ball Hawk
Avoiding the ball hawk can be really easy if you’re really good at the game. But here are some easier tips to avoid it, that you can use right now. For one, throw short passes. It’s difficult to change to a defensive back quickly and start the ball hawk if the pass isn’t very far. It’s still possible to get intercepted, but far less likely.
Just don’t get too confident, and think that because you’ve had a few completions in a row that you can throw a deep ball, unless you have a specific plan in mind. Usually when people start throwing short passes against me, I just patiently wait until they think they’re able to go long, and that’s when I’m in the best position to pick them off.
Another tip is to just run the ball. This can get boring, and frustrating for people playing against you, but if the ball isn’t in the air, it can’t get intercepted!
I hope this tip helps you guys! This isn’t something that will instantly make you a fantastic madden player, and lead you to winning competitions; but it’s certainly something that has helped me beat my friends (which is all that really matters right?)
Thanks for reading and let us know in the comments what you think about ball hawk, or if you want to share a tip or two of your own.