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Goal Kicking Routines

Develop a routine that works for you.

To win a game of football you need to kick the most goals! Obvious enough assumption, however not a lot of time is spent training in this area considering just how important it actually is. To improve your goal kicking you need to start where the pros start: Develop a goal kicking routine.

"The heat map and scoring stats in FootyStar will help identify the areas you need to work on. Create your own routine and then it is all about practicing under pressure and fatigue at training."

Chris Mayne, AFL's most accurate forward, 2012

Goal kicking routines were made famous by Essendon great, Matthew Lloyd and the strict measures he stuck to every time he had a set shot for goal. Whether it was blowing a gust at the SCG or still as water under The Dome, Lloydy would always pull his socks up, throw the grass in the air and take the same exact amount of steps before kicking the ball.

The importance of a routine can’t be underestimated as no matter where, who or how you are playing, if you have one consistent routine to come back to it will always focus your attention. Furthermore knowing you have done this time and time before with success will empower you and your kick.

To decide what works best for you:

  1. Practice your run in by having no man on the mark and doing how ever many steps and runs that feels comfortable before you kick
  2. Then do it again and count how many steps and runs you actually took (you might need a parent or friend to help you count), e.g. 4 walking steps and 6 running steps
  3. Now count how many steps it takes to walk the length of that run in - as this is what will happen in a game after you take a mark, e.g. 4 walking steps and 6 running steps = 14 walking steps. As you get more used to your routine you will be able to judge the distance without counting how many steps backwards.
  4. Now try doing it with the man on the mark again - Obviously now you will have to take your kick from a few metres further back as to not kick it into the man on the mark – which is why Step 3 is important
  5. If necessary throw up some grass to determine wind speed and direction
  6. Pick a spot behind the goals to aim at and begin your rehearsed routine!

Remember to make sure you practice this routine under fatigue at training. Always stick to it in games regardless of how you are performing or where you are playing.

Have fun and good luck!

FootyStar Team

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