Learn How to Blast the Ball Like a Professional
How Do You Learn to Blast the Ball Like the Pros?
Learning to really strike a ball like a pro takes several different things. First the proper technique is without a doubt the most important attribute to learn how to blast the ball for power. Without this you can have tree trunks for legs and a foot like a frying pan but if your technique is off then it’s a waste.
What’s the Proper Technique?
Thought you’d never ask.
Step 1: Pick your target
Step 2: Flex your foot, pointing your shooting toes down
Step 3: Plant foot 8-15 inches away from the ball
Step 4: Connect with the top of your foot (laces) closer to your ankle then your toes
Step 5: Follow through landing on you shooting foot
* Things to Remember: *
-Keep your head down until you have completely followed through with the shot
-The momentum of your leg swing on your shooting foot should carry you forward to land on that foot first.
-Aim low, even if the ball gets away from you a bit it will still end up on frame, where as aiming high has less room for error.
Got the Technique Down? What’s Next?
Understanding the technique is half the battle, after that it’s about perfecting the action through repetition. It’s easy to fall back into what you know or what comes naturally but to develop a new skill like this one it will take some tough times in the beginning.
You’ll feel like you’re not getting anywhere before you start to feel the progress and that’s normal when learning anything new. So no matter the situation look to use the techniques above to truly develop the skill the way it’s meant to be developed.
So your job is to stick with it, no matter the difficulties you face in the beginning and no matter the situation (a match, training or kicking a ball around alone) you must remember to implement the right technique and not fall back into your old habits.
How Do Pro’s Learn to Blast the Ball So Hard?
You might switch on to a professional match on TV and see players striking the ball at 100mph from any and all angles and wonder how they do it. Well if you’re looking for some magical answer, there is none.
It’s really a combination of technique and repetition that has gotten their skill set to that level where it seems every strike is a dangerous one.
Should You Use the Top (laces) or Inside of the Foot for Power?
If your goal is to strike a ball for power then laces is preferred. You can hit the ball with some power with the inside of your foot as well but nowhere near the amount of power you can generate using the top of your foot.
Ever wondered how pros effortlessly blast the ball? Take a closer look and you’ll see that it’s all in their technique and fearless mentality to bulge the back of the net. The power doesn’t come from some fancy shoes, bright socks or the most expensive equipment but from driving the top of your foot through the ball and perfecting the shooting technique.
Does the Type of Ball You Use Matter?
As we all know a poor craftsman blames their tools. In this case as long as your technique is right that’s all that really matters. Sure you might come across a ball or two that may not be to your liking and we’d all love to be playing and practicing with champions league balls all the time but it doesn’t always end up that way.
Your focus should be on doing the right things all the time from a technique perspective whether you’re hitting a Jabulani or socks rolled into a ball. Doing the right things all the time no matter what the field conditions or ball will set you up for success in the future.
Does the Type of Shoes I Have On Make a Difference?
If you haven’t developed the skill through hours on the training pitch and perfected the technique then an expensive pair of fancy boots isn’t going to help you.
It takes hours of dedication to learn how to really blast the ball and no you cannot buy that skill for a couple hundred dollars. So next time you look down and think to blame your boots for a shanked shot don’t go blaming them, blame yourself for your boots not being more worn out then they are.
Aim High or Low?
How low can you go? Shots from distance when you’re trying to blast the ball can have a mind of their own at times and get away from you. By aiming low you are giving yourself the best opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net.
Not only are shots that are hit low the most difficult for a goalie to reach they also can pick up speed if the surface is slick and also most susceptible for deflections which are nightmares for goalies.