Although scoring isn’t everything, you can’t win games without it.
Over the past few years I’ve worked really hard at trying to become dangerous with my dribbling, passing, touch, moves etc. One of my goals for this year is to “up” my scoring percentage. When the game requires me to pass, I’ll pass, but when the game requires me to shoot, I must score. The past couple weeks, I’ve put in some extra time working on the technical side of my “driven shot” – the one that is direct, low to the ground, has pace and destroys the back of the net.
Here are some things I’m thinking about when working on this particular shot…
1. Confidence & Composure
If I believe I’m going to score, chances are more likely that I will.
2. Hips Square to the Goal
Imagine a triangle belt around your hips (kind of like an arrow that points forward). The direction I point the arrow has a lot to do with it with where the ball will go. If my hips aren’t square to the net, I could slice the ball and miss the shot.
3. Run Onto the Ball with Pace
This helps generate momentum when I kick the ball.
4. Plant “Non-Kicking” Foot Next to the Ball
My non-kicking foot also helps me with my aim. For a driven shot, my planted foot needs to point in the direction I want the ball to go. If my planted foot is too far forward, I’ll drive the ball into the ground. If my foot is too far back, I’ll loft the ball into the air.
5. Toe Down, Heel Up
Imagine using a hotdog to pound a nail into a board. It doesn’t work. It’s the same way with kicking the ball. I’ve got to point my kicking foot and lock my ankle.
6. Chest Over the Ball
If my chest is over the ball when I kick it, the ball will stay closer to the ground. If my chest is back, the ball will typically lift.
7. Strike with Laces, Follow Through
I need to strike with the heart of my foot and keep my kicking foot going in the direction I want the ball to go.