Football Power Shot Technique – How To Shoot A Football Perfectly

All right, guys. So you all know how important
proper shooting technique is if you want to be
a dangerous player and start scoring more
goals in your matches. So I figured we should do a
tutorial on this, so you can shoot a little more like this. That’s coming up next. This video is sponsored by
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with your shot speed or your favorite challenge. Let’s get into the video. [MUSIC PLAYING] All right. In this video we are covering
proper football power shot technique using your laces. We are going to break this
video up into a few parts. First, we are going to
cover basic technique– how to strike a ball and
other factors that will help you strike the
ball more cleanly with power and accuracy. After, we will look at
a few more subtle things you need to keep
in mind some tweaks you can make to make this
technique even more effective and even more consistent. Lastly, we’ll look at practices
you can do deliberately to work on this
technique, so you’re firing them into the back
of the net in no time. You ready? Let’s go. The technique behind a
power shot is fairly simple, made of a few components. We want to keep a few
key things in mind. First, our approach to the
ball, second, our body position, third, our plant foot. Then, as the strike
actually occurs, we want to focus on
where contact happens on our foot, where contact
occurs on the ball, locking our ankle, and of
course, the follow through. How you approach the
ball can actually vary. There are many ways to
do a power shot, however, to just keep it simple,
you want the ball a little out of your feet. If you approach it,
and you were too close, you won’t give yourself enough
space to strike the ball well. Same with the ball being
too far away from you. If it’s too close or
you are reaching for it because your approach is off,
you won’t hit it cleanly. Your body position is going to
be key, mainly whether you are leaning back or over the ball. Leaning too far
back will encourage you to hit the bottom
of the ball, which is just going to cause the
ball to fly over the bar. Try and keep your chest over
the ball or at least level. Now, you can get away with
leaning back slightly, but for now, let’s
just focus on getting that chest over the ball
and keeping it down. You want your plant foot
to be next to the ball. Now I’m not saying right on
the ball, but a little off to the side. You can have your plant
foot aiming towards where you want the ball to
go– and this does work and is common practice– but
you can also work on techniques where you reverse
it, and it doesn’t go in the same direction that
your plant foot is facing. Just make sure your plant foot
isn’t too far behind the ball or too far in front of it. OK. Now we’re going to
take a look at what should be happening when
we actually make contact with the ball. This is the big
moment, this is key. Everything we have done
up until this point is to make sure that it is
more likely that we strike the ball well so that it
goes where we want it to go and so that we generate power. First, let’s look at
where on your foot the ball should
be making contact. Now this is crucial– hit it with a certain
part of our foot, and the ball will go
nowhere or have no aim. Hit it with other parts,
and it will fly into the net accurately. So there are a few
different areas, but we are going to focus
on the most common one– and in my eyes, the
most effective area. And that is the big bone
on the side of your foot next to your laces, usually. It’s the most dense
part of your foot. If you can strike the ball here
while keeping your ankle locked in place and your
toes pointed down, you are going to hit
the ball very sweetly. The higher up your foot,
the more dense this becomes, so hitting on this part
just below your ankle I have found to be the
sweetest spot for me. But be sure to
experiment for yourself. Even if we hit the ball with
the right spot on our foot, if we hit the ball
in the wrong place, you’re just not going to get
any power or accuracy on it. So if you hit the
ball on the top, it will bounce into
the ground, and you’ll lose a lot of power, which
is exactly what we don’t want when shooting from distance. If you hit it too
far on the bottom, the ball is going to
be going into row Z. The closer to the middle of the
ball you hit it, the better– and this can even
generate knuckle when a few other
conditions are met. But it can also be a
little lower or higher from the middle, and
you’ll still be fine. In fact, this can lead to
different types of shots. So if you hit it in this general
area with good technique, you will hit the ball
cleanly and sweetly. Now I did mention
this a bit earlier, but you need to lock your ankle
when performing this technique. Now, what does this mean? Well, you need to have
your toes pointing down and your ankle locked in
place when you make contact with the ball. This is something you can learn
fairly quick with practice, and it will make a huge
difference in your shooting. Now I’ve already made so
many videos going over this, so I’m just going to link
a card up top of this video that you can go check
out, and I’ll also put it in the description. So go check out those videos
if you need help with this specific skill–
locking your ankle– after you’re done
finishing this video. Finally, there’s
your follow through. Now your follow through– like
your run up and many other things you do before
actually making contact– is to encourage good contact. The fact of the matter is
if you strike the ball well, it doesn’t matter how you run
up or how you follow through. However, the reason I emphasize
the run up and follow through is because doing it properly
encourages good technique and contact. Sure, you can get lucky and
hit it well with a poor run up and a poor follow through– but that won’t happen
often or consistently. So there are really just
two follow throughs– I want you to focus on for now. And honestly, these
are the only two you’ll ever need, although
you can experiment with more. First is where you either
keep your foot planted or you drag it slightly behind
you after making contact. The second is where
you strike to the ball and jump up, ideally landing
on your kicking foot. Experiment with both, but I
found both of them incredibly useful in different situations. Now let’s go over a
couple of subtle things I also want you to keep in mind. Now, these you will need
to constantly remind yourself of until
they become automatic, but it will be worth it. First, mentally aim. This sounds silly, but it works. If you actually mentally
aim in your head, your body tends to follow. I can’t tell you, for example,
how many times I’ve mentally aimed for a free kick and
my body followed my mind, and I put it exactly
where I pictured. Next, don’t try
and crush the ball. I know this is a
power shot tutorial, but one of the most common
mistakes I see among players learning to shoot– or even
players who have been doing it for a while– is trying to hit the ball too
hard by swinging too quickly. The power will not
come from this– the power will actually
come from how sweetly you strike the ball. Technique over power is
always the rule of thumb. Lastly, let’s go
over some practices that will help you learn this
effectively and efficiently. First, we want to strictly
work on technique, technique, technique. Because of this, just
going to the goal and shooting over and
over again from distance isn’t the best option
in the beginning, because it’s time consuming. So here’s what you do. If you have only a
goal to work with, I want you to stand 6 to
8 yards away from goal. You will then practice rolling
the ball slightly forward and then use the technique we’ve
gone over here again and again. This way, you’re
not going to miss, because you’re so close to goal. And you can easily collect the
ball, examine your technique, and then do rep
after rep after rep, which is what’s going to
help you improve the fastest. Also practice hitting
motionless balls for this drill, and make sure you work
on your weaker foot equal to your dominant foot. Second is doing a similar
thing, but against the wall. Now, I prefer this
because you can also work on things like your control
as the ball comes back to you. Now the only
disadvantage here is you can’t stand 68 yards
away from a wall and hit it as hard as you can,
because the ball will just fly past you. So you’re going to have to
move back or save this drill for when you have a net. By the way, get creative
with your training. If you don’t have a soccer net,
make do with something else– you can always find something
to practice this with, and it’s going to
help you massively. Next, we are going to work with
a net, shooting from an angle. You will simply roll the ball so
that it enters the 18-yard box and then aim to use a power shot
to hit it into the far corner. This will not only help you
with striking it cleanly using this technique,
but it’s also going to help you hit it
more accurately. If you are younger, you may
need to move closer to the goal and that’s fine. Or if you can’t generate that
much power on your shots yet, again, you can move closer. Now obviously, you are going
to do this for both sides, and I really want to emphasize
that you are working equally on your weak side as you
were going through this. I can’t tell you how
much of a better player you will become if you can
use this technique effectively with both of your feet. Finally, the last one
is to simply start practicing this
technique more centrally from a further position. You still want to
focus on form here– but again, focus on
technique and aiming the ball to where you want it to go. Now there are many other
drills you can do– some that are more game-like– that you should definitely
add to your routine, but what I’ve gone
over in this video is what’s going to
help you develop the technique of a power shot. Question of the day–
how good is your power shot on a scale of one to 10,
and what area that I went over in this video are you
going to work on the most or need to work on the most? Let me know in the comments. All right, guys. That’s going to do
it for this video. Now if you actually want
to improve this area and get it to the
point where you’re shooting like I
was in this video, make sure you’re working on
all the drills we went over. As always, make sure
you like this video. And as always as well,
hit that subscribe button. I’ll see you later. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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