Have you ever wondered how a soccer player is so accurate while shooting? Or how do they get so much power on the ball?
Striking a soccer ball is starting to become an art. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi. Making tremendous goals with there different styles to get a crazy spin on the ball. Free kicks and just shooting in general is becoming a science as well.
There are many ways to strike a ball to get the ball to move in all different directions. You can get the ball to do almost whatever you want. Each strike has a different technique to master. Im only going to go over the most basic way to shoot. Some people call this a power shot or just simply striking the ball.
Just like with everything else in sports takes technique for you to be successful. Striking a soccer ball is one of the hardest techniques to master in soccer. Pros today still struggle to put a shot on goal. It must be hard if pros struggle every now and again to hit a target 24′ x 8′ right?
The only way to master this technique is by going out and practicing just like anything else you wish to be good at. That is the only way you are going to benefit from reading this if you are willing to go out and practice.
These are very simple steps in words, putting them in action is the problem. We are going to focus on the ball sitting still first. If you can not hit the ball while its sitting still how well you going to do when its moving?
First step is all about your setup. If you mess this up its hard to hit the ball cleanly and to hit it on target. You want to take about 5 to 6 steps back form the ball and 1 to 2 steps to the right or left depending on which foot you prefer. You want to move to the right if you are left footed and if you are right footed you want to place your self on the left side of the ball.
The Second step is your plant foot. This foot is more important than your shooting foot. Your plant foot is your cross hairs. Where ever this foot is pointing is where the ball is going to go. When coming up to the ball your want your plant foot to be a couple inches from the ball. This helps keeps your balance over the ball and helps keep your weight over the ball as well.
Step three is is simply keeping your head over the ball. Keeping your head over the ball is how you keep the ball from soaring way over the cross bar. Keep your eye on the ball till it leaves your foot. You must stay over the ball through your whole shot. If you look up to early you better expect that ball to go flying out of play.
The fourth step is finally striking the ball. When striking the ball with this technique you want to hit the ball with your laces. Make sure to make good clean contact. If you do the whole technique right you will not have to strike the ball 100 percent. If the technique is done correctly the ball should fly right off your foot.
These are your 4 simply steps to strike a ball. Its all about your technique not the power, players sometimes forget this. This takes sometime to master, so be patient. Hope this helps you. Remember practice makes perfect.