This section describes how to perform different types
The base priciples and the techniques for shooting
are the same as those of the pass.
Here are some common mistakes made by beginners and some tips on how to correct them:
The further away from the goal the more important is the power. Long distance shots are therefore usually made with a lower grip on the cross giving it more power. Unfortunately when lowering the grip, as when passing, it is difficult to get good precision. Long distance shots are therefore unusual.
Another important matter is the fact that the goalkeeper
have more time to react on long distance shots.
Most of the shots are fired from a short distance,
usually from within a meter from the crease.
The bounce shot is a very effective version of the normal shot where the shot is directed to the floor in front of the goalkeeper. The resulting bounce makes it very difficult for the goalkeeper.
This shot can be used at short as well as long distance. It is even more effective when released hidden from the goalkeeper for example on the side of a defender.
The back shot is a difficult but very effective shooting technique. It is performed by taking the shot behind the back rather than in front of the body. This shot is usually made after faking a normal shot. It is very effective in sharp angles, where the player has run past the goal. Because the shot is made behind the back it is hidden from the goalkeeper making it even more difficult to predict.
The major difference from a normal shot is the direction of the lower body and feet. When shooting a back shot the body should rather be placed in a 90-degree angle from the goalkeeper, facing the sideline. The eyes however should always be placed on the target. The grip should be high. Next the upper body is turned placing the shoulders parallel to the goalkeeper, i.e. the chest facing the own goal. When turning the upper body the cross is moved up behind the back of the head where the shot is released.
In order to turn the upper body it is important to
place the feet correctly.
Some common problems:
The low shot is a very difficult technique. When performed properly, it generates a very hard, fast and difficult shot. Speed is the primary ingredient, but in order to keep the ball in the cross long enough also requires very good technique and "feeling".
The shot is performed by lowering the head of the cross below the knee and releasing the shot there.
Grip the cross low, lower it to the knee with the basket facing upwards. Next turn the opening towards the goal while lowering the cross below the knee. When the ball is placed in the upper part of the cross' basket, push it forwards to relase the shot.
The speed is necessary when lowering the cross below the knee. If the speed is insufficient the ball is dropped before the shot is made. This is what makes this shot so difficult.
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