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Can anyone help me, i really struggle with ground kicks as a keeper.

I dont think it can be muscle as i have really strong legs.

 

any help?

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Hi mate.

 

I've done alot of help for people with this issue. Instead of typing it all out again, I'd encourage you to look at this topic to help work out any kinks:

 

http://www.goalkeepertalk.com/index.php?/topic/1436-improving-goalkicks/page__p__8988__hl__%2Bgoal+%2Bkicks__fromsearch__1#entry8988

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I help way more than you, you lazy donkey!

 

But BOOM, I knew that was coming, so I fixed this up ;)

 

Okay, kicks a very difficult phenomenon, because we start out not so good and suddenly find the missing ingredient. There is a topic where I gave someone tips, I will write them here again:

 

Be picky about where to place the ball, don't put it in a divot or you won't get your foot under it

 

When training, take two big steps back, and one step to the right/left, being the opposite of the foot you use.

 

Take a smooth run up, your last step wants to be a leap which will help you drive through the ball.

 

Don't stop when you've hit the ball, follow through or you're not gonna get your distance. It's like Golf, you have to follow all the way through if you really want to hit it down the park.

 

Balls these days are designed to be pinged (lol), don't try to smash the leather off of the ball! It's just contact you want with your laces that'll do that for you.

 

Make sure your that the toes of your plant foot are level to the bottom of the ball and slightly to the side.

I'd recommend incorporating these in your game before you really worry, and the one key rule, lean back.

Also, some people have this problem:

Just before they strike the ball, they look up to see if their man is still there. That's not your problem, if he's moved it's his fault. With this in mind, if you look up before you strike it you become off balance, meaning you strike it wrong, often resulting in short distance or low height. Don't take your eye off the ball until it's in mid-flight.

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Cheers for the help, i'll give it a go......fingers crossed.

When connecting with the ball - the laces - i'm always worried of scraping my foot on the floor.

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Yeah, I know, that was a worry for me too. But as soon as you kick it it doesn't happen, you just have to get used to the technique, you'll know when you know :)

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My tips for kicking the ball are very simple.

 

As Jack said, be picky as to wear you place the ball. For people who do not play on perfect pitches every week you will need to ensure that the ball is not in a divot. Likewise, I always think that you shouldnt put it on a tee as it were. This causes too much back spin and in turn more height/less distance.

 

Don't take a long run up. This is one thing that really annoys me when i coach young goalkeepers. The reason I teach goalkeepers to have a shorter run up is if its shorter, there is less that can go wrong. Many GK's go back to the goal line for their run up. However, I always take 4 steps back and 1 to the side.

 

Like Jack said also, balls are designed to be pinged. In my league we play with the same ball across the division and despite it not being the same type of ball as the Scottish Premier League or EPL, it is still designed to be pinged. Please do not try to rattle the skin of the ball. This just makes it harder for you to get the strike right.

 

I always like to use the analogy of a golfer as many players play golf. If you try to hit the ball as hard as possible, you will struggle to achieve the strike and direction. However, one of the best players in the world (Ernie Els) has a very controlled swing and he consistently hits it much further than many players. This is all due to having good technique.

 

The last two pieces of advice from me are:

 

'Keeping your head down' - I do not believe in keeping your head 'down'. This can sometimes cause a poor strike to occur. What I would rather my Goalkeepers to think of is to always focus on the part of the ball they want to strike. This keeps their eye on the ball and when it is kicked I get them to try to keep their head looking at where the ball lay on the ground.

 

The last piece of advice is something I picked up when I was working with a ball striking specialist in Sweden. He says that when you are approaching the ball to be very free and fluid. However, when you go to strike the ball, you should make a concious effort to raise your non kicking arm (if you are right footed you would raise your left arm). This is because it stretches your external obliques, internal obliques and your transversus abdominis. Stretching these muscles whilst kicking the football gives you more balance and power due to the more elasicity in the ball which creates resistance against your leg muscle giving a spring like effect whilst kicking a ball. Trust me, this works. You may not strike the ball consistantly weel to start with but this is because you are basically learning a new skill and movement which is outside your comfort zone.

 

I know that this may sound very complicated and a lot to think about but please contact me should you require more information.

 

Thanks

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Sounds pretty good, I will try some of these as I have the problem of distance in my kicks, I like to blame the ball :lol:

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I don't know how many of you guys play golf or not but I figured out last night one thing that helps me out tremendously with my goal kicks. In golf you keep your eye on the ball before during and a small fraction after you strike it. I figured out that if you keep your head down and watch exactly where your making contact on the ball it almost always results in a good kick. With the rest of the help here and this little bit you can kick easily.

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Just like in golf though, keeping your head down is a misused phrase. If you keep your head down, posture can become distorted and technique is not as fluid. This is the same as goal kicks.

 

Trust me, I almost turned pro golfer in January as I wasn't enjoying football but that all changed ha.

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Andy

 

You took that out of context. In golf you keep your head down but don't compromise the way you hit a ball. Same goes for goal kicks. If you are already watching where the balls i going you won't make proper contact. I meant keep your eye on it so it is truck properly no sacrifice form. I would never be hunched over looking down a ball. You can watch the ball without sacrificing form.

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I had a good performance today, kicks and some good saves first half, but in the second my kicks were falling WAY short of where they should be, and were very inaccurate all through the second half.

 

I am 18 and playing Sunday-league, we won 3-1 but i definitely need to put a lot of kicking practice in! any other tips?

 

Sim

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Probably fatigue and stamina is an issue here. I often find that my kicks go downhill in the second half, Build up stamina and you shouldn't suffer as much.

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