There are some things that are general to shooting but don’t quite fit into the many articles in our soccer shooting guide.
The general tidbits of information are called tips. These tips will fill in the gaps when it comes to certain aspects of shooting.
Here are 9 soccer shooting tips:
Though shooting from all over the place is tempting when you have a great shot, it is important to choose your shots wisely sometimes. You may have a chance at scoring a goal from far out, but passing the ball will get the team even closer to the goal.
You may even get the ball back so you can shoot from closer range. Or you might have a chance on a cross, or a set piece; the options are endless!
There are times when goals can only come from blasting shot after shot. There also time when you know you can score and shoot even if there is a great passing opportunity. The greatest strikers in the world know when they have to be selfish.
Be Selfish and Unselfish
Great scorers know when they should play that perfect pass and when they should take a strike at the goal. It depends on the situation. Knowing when to be selfish and when to be unselfish is only developed naturally by playing games.
If you find that you are too selfish, you may want to read our soccer arrogance guide. It will teach you how to be less selfish and a better teammate.
Use Different Types of Shots
There are times where it is nearly impossible to score with a standard shot, but the goal is almost easy with another type of shot. Know when to use an inside shot, a chip shot, and when you should bend it.
Focus on Accuracy and Technique
Trying to shoot the ball with too much power will only result in less power (not to mention less accuracy. This is because when you try too hard to gain power, you tighten your muscles which messes up your shot.
Focus on technique and accuracy, and not only will you get power, you will often hit the target.
Use Shooting Fakes
Nothing has a better chance than faking out a defender or goalie than faking a shot well, then cutting the opposite way. Faking a shot is simple, and it really opens up opportunities to score.
If you can’t decide whether to shoot or not, you will never get a good shot off. When you decide to shoot go out there and shoot; don’t hesitate and don’t take stutter steps.
If you are scared to shoot, you may be interested in looking at our soccer confidence guide. It will teach you how to raise your confidence, so you can blast the ball into the back of the net.
Shoot With Your Weak Foot
When you learn how to shoot well with your weak foot, you will have a huge advantage and you will score more goals. No longer do you have to waste a great opportunity because you have move the ball to your strong foot.
Never Stop Tweaking and Improving
The shot requires constant tweaking and evaluating to get the most out of it. You may have a good shot, but you can always make it better.
It is also important to master all of the types of soccer shots, and to be able to shoot with your weak foot.