How to shoot a knuckleball | Learn CR7 free kick

How to shoot a knuckleball | Learn CR7 free kick

So you want to learn how to shoot a knuckleball well in this episode I’m gonna give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to do that But before we get any further make sure you are mentally ready for the challenge Because mastering the knuckleball is the most difficult and advanced shooting technique in football, but if you do put in the work Nothing will stop you from learning It sounds like something for you? Awesome keep on watching. And I guess we can kick the whole thing off by defining What a knuckleball is. Basically a knuckleball is moving unpredictably in the air, side to side up and down – making it the goalkeepers worst nightmare – and ultimately what we are trying to achieve here is a ball flying in the air with as little spin as possible. Although many times a successful knuckleball might have some top spin on it as well – and lastly I would just like to make it very clear that this is By far not the only way to achieve a beautiful knuckleball This is how I learned it and my technique is very heavily inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo’s legendary free-kick goal against Portsmouth The moment I saw that goal, I knew I wanted to learn this technique. So what I did I Downloaded the clip, watch the replay thousands and thousands of times, trying to mimic every single step he did in order to make the ball fly like that. Cristiano, was that the best free-kick you ever struck? difficult to say. But maybe maybe this one is the best! So, let’s kick the whole thing off with the run-up to the ball but before we do that – keep in mind that everything I’m about to tell you will apply, whether you are trying to achieve a knuckleball from a free-kick situation, or if the ball is moving Anyways like I told you my technique is 100% inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo and the run-up he does, is simply a little bit weird. You want to run up to the ball from a little bit of an angle. You don’t want to have an exactly? direct straight angle to the ball. And, at the same time you don’t want to have as much angle as when you are kicking a curving free-kick. You run to the ball on your tiptoes And the last step, you kind of lift yourself up with your toes like this. If you watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick goals, you will see he will always make that same motion. running to the ball lifting himself up almost preparing his foot, for what’s about to happen when he strikes the ball. Like this And then he kicks. It’s a very unnatural movement, especially if you’re not used to running to the ball like this. Some people like to run up to the ball flat-footed with their heels on the ground all the way like this but my way of doing that is approaching the ball running on my tiptoes and Locking my ankle with the last step before kicking the ball once again like this Now that we have the run up lock in place you want to know which part of your foot You’d use to shoot a beautiful knuckleball and for me the sweet spot area is right around here Basically the area is slightly away from your toes and more towards the laces right up here And I know a lot of you guys will tell me, guys like Kevin De Bruyne, David Luiz and perhaps even some other youtubers Will tell you to shoot knuckleballs Like this. With the inside of your foot. They approach the ball and shoot the ball like this. To me, that’s unnatural. It doesn’t work for me, and my style is kicking the ball With this part of my foot. And what do you want to do you want to lock your ankle point your toes down? Like this and hit the ball with this area And you should be solid So next up you want to know where in the ball should you kick – and honestly? Pay attention – because to me – this is the most important part of achieving a beautiful knuckleball Just think about it. If you hit the ball too much on the side You’re gonna get side spinning If you hit it, too low and slice your foot under, it you’re gonna get backspin – and like we learned in the beginning, we are trying to shoot the ball with as little spin as possible if not with a little bit of beautiful topspin. And the way to achieve that, is to hit the ball in the dead center slightly on the lower half The reason you want to keep the ball slightly on the lower half of it is simply because if you hit the ball too high it’s not gonna have any air on it, and it’s just gonna roll on the ground also when shooting knuckleball free-kicks you’ve probably seen a lot of people searching for the valve and facing it towards them on their run-up, like this. And while it’s not gonna make the ball fly any more weird in the air it is a very good thing to do because you actually get a visual reference on where the dead center of the ball is. But, honestly, this tip is more for the people who just have a routine of shooting free-kicks And they want to do it the same way, every single time. So the last thing on our menu is to follow through – and long story very short – you want to keep your follow-through short and sharp while leaning over the ball Like this. So compared to some other techniques out there, in order to shoot a beautiful knuckleball, you don’t want to follow through by just letting your foot swing all the way up. Like this. And you don’t want to stop your follow-through completely after your initial contact with the ball So basically what happens is that after you hit the ball? and you follow through quick and sharp, your foot is going to go slightly across your body – and what that does – is makes your non kicking foot drag along the ground like this. Don’t worry about that movement, it just happens because your foot, and your whole body weight, is pushing you slightly on the side. So putting all the steps together. You apprach the ball with your tiptoes. You prepare and lock your ankle on your last step before hitting the ball Kick the ball with the instep area right here, in the dead center. Follow-through ,lean over the ball, and you’re good to go. So next up I have some additional tips for you guys when you are out there practicing your knuckleballs – and my tip number one, is to start your knuckleball training by shooting to a moving ball. For some reason, shooting knuckle balls to a moving ball Compared to just kicking them from free-kick situations is a lot easier I don’t know why and the only explanation I’ve been able to come up with after all these years Is that when the ball is rolling and moving forward it already has some small topspin on it, and as you’re kicking I don’t know what the reason is But trust me when I tell you shooting knuckle balls to a moving ball is easier, so start with that My tip number two is the same tip I gave you earlier into how to curve the ball free kick tutorial, which you can watch by clicking the I-icon in the top right corner of your screen? But basically what you want to do is you want to start practicing by kicking the ball? towards a wall. The good thing about that is that well as you can see The ball will always come back to you so you don’t have to waste time on the pitch running after the ball, after you miss the top corner So shoot against the wall Tip number three: don’t give up on your training. Shooting knuckleballs is hands-down the most difficult shooting technique in football – and depending on your skill level mastering the knuckleball will take anywhere from months to years So be consistent stay positive and keep practicing So hopefully guys enjoyed this knuckleball tutorial And I truly hope, you guys got inspired and are ready to go to the pitch for many many hours To work on your knuckleballs once again, it’s gonna Take you a long time to learn so don’t give up stay consistent and most importantly have fun And I’m gonna cut it right there once again Hopefully you guys had a blast Watching this episode and what I need you to do, is leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know Which shooting technique you would like to learn next here on unisport webtv You can watch how to curve the ball by clicking the video right down here And if you want to see more awesome videos like this click here to subscribe Again stay consistent Don’t give up and work on those knuckle balls a lot

100 thoughts on “How to shoot a knuckleball | Learn CR7 free kick

  1. Which technique would you like to learn next? Comment your idea and if we go with your suggestion, we will include your comment in the video ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

  2. This is my shooting technique standard. I've only knuckle balled once and it was on accident. It was the most beautiful thing I've shot. Well I'm gonna try to obtain such greatness again.

  3. I started to learn knuckball in 2015 and I inspired by Cristiano as well. I don't learn the knuckball watching his clip but I just watch your videos and I realize that I do the exact movement, I think when I was watching the clip from cr7 I was subconsciously copying his movements so.. Thanks for this video man.

  4. The CR7 freekicks can be mastered in three steps: 1. Make a big show 2. Take a deep breath 3. Shoot wherever you want, BUT do NOT score a goal!

  5. yo thanks for the verry good explanations I learned how to kick a curve ball all from your stems and now I'm ready for the knuckles keep doing what your doing and good luck with further videos

  6. You really did improve my skills now I’m one of the best in my team ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️

  7. Today is my third time watching this video. I was practicing earlier and I actually got it a few times! Thanks!!!!

  8. Muy buen video, muy buen tutorial y muchisimas gracias por los subtitulos en español, sos el unico que los pone. +1 Sub :3

  9. There was a school tournament and my team went to the semi final I watched this video before the match and the match were so tight but then somehow we got a freekick i take it and i shoot it and It went slightly too high but thanks to unisport you help me improve my freekicks

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