Can you Kick a Soccer Ball High and Far?
These 8 KEY POINTS will have you KICKING like a PRO!
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Before you learn how to kick high and far I recommend fist being able to Chip a ball properly. Learn to chip a soccer ball here:
Key Point #1 - Line up behind the ball and a tad to the side.
Key Point #2 - Your shoulders should face your target on your approach and follow through. Turn your shoulders and the ball will go where your shoulders told it to. Think of your shoulders like the scope of a gun. If the scope is off you aint hitting your target son!
Key Point #3 - Your plant foot should be 1.5 to 2 steps away from the ball when you make contact. This allows your foot to be formatted properly for your swing.
Key Point #4 - Turn your kicking foot to the side, rotate your foot down and make contact with the ball just below the base of your big toe.
Key Point #5 - Strike the lower part of the ball but not directly under it. For a chip you strike underneath the ball. Doing this will get your plenty of height but not as much distance. By striking on the lower part of the ball you will still get height but a lot more distance.
Key Point #6 - Have a low back swing and a low follow through. DO NOT come down on the ball because all that power you created in your backswing is going down in the ground. You don't want that.
With a low back swing, now all your power is moving forward in the direction where you want the ball to go. If you follow through high on your swing this will cause the ball to not go up as high as it should when you kick it.
Key Point #7 - It's about technique, not power. Don't be all Hulk like on your swing! You should be smooth. The best players make this look easy because they relay on technique not pure strength.
Key Point #8 - Make sure you lean back when you follow through. Do not be hunched over the ball.
Exercise Player Can Do:
You will need as many balls as you have, 4 cones and a lot of space. Please don't do this in your backyard and break your parent's windows!
Start off by taking a few swings without the ball. Get your body use to how this will feel.
Once comfortable get the ball out and take some swings. Don't worry about accuracy or distance yet. Focus on technique. You could even start with chipping the ball a few times and then progress to height and distance.
When you feel confident with your technique set up four cones as a square target up the field. Try to kick the ball high and far and make it land in the square. Repeat until you master it or feel tired. Make sure you are good and warmed up and don't do this for an hour. I don't want you pulling anything!
What Player Could Be Doing Wrong:
If your plant foot is to close to the ball then you can't get the proper swing. You will end up using the inside of your foot, not rotating your foot down like I talked about in Key Point #4.
If you aren't getting much height check your backswing. Most players have a high back swing. Don't kick your leg out when you step to the ball. Instead take a step to the ball and let your back leg trail behind you.
Increase your kicking leg speed as your technique improves. Technique equals power. When your technique is solid then you can add more pure strength to your swing. Do this by increasing the speed at which you swing your kicking leg to strike the ball. This will equal greater distance on your kicks.
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