Today we are learning how to shoot on the
run. What’s going on? Little dap! It’s Jared
Montz, former pro and founder of Online Soccer Academy. Before you learn how to shoot on
the run I highly suggest you know how to shoot from a stand still. Shooting from a stand
still is the first step on the ladder to being able to shoot on the run. Watch our OSA shooting
videos here. Now, the more advanced key points of shooting
on the run. Key Points! Key Point One. Place your Plant Foot Next
to the ball. For perfect technique when you take your shot
from a stand still your plant foot is next to the ball. The issue many players have when
shooting on the run is their plant foot is either behind the ball or in front of it.
Typically it’s behind the ball. Imagine trying to hit a golf ball. You want
to hit the ball when it is right in front of your feet. You DO NOT want the ball in
front of you or behind you. That would be an awkward looking swing and it wouldn’t
be as powerful or accurate! Key Point Two. Timing! Time your step to the
ball. You want to have a big back swing. So if you take your step to the ball when the
ball is too close to you, you won’t get enough of a back swing. If you take your step
to the ball when it’s too far away from you then you will be off balance and your
technique in your swing will suffer. When the ball is rolling it’s more difficult
to have good timing versus when the ball is at a stand still. The secret to this is lots
of reps and starting slow, not fast when shooting on the run. Key Point Three. Have a Second
of Calmness. When possible have a second of calmness before
you shoot. Great pros tend to lock in before they start running forward to shoot. So don’t
just rush up and shoot. Take a second to be calm and lock in before you start your run
up. Yes, in a game defenders are putting pressure
on you but if you look real close some of the best goals the shooter slows down prior
to running up fast to shoot. Key Point Four. Keep your eye on the ball.
Before you start moving to the ball, look up and take a mental picture of the goal.
Then focus your eyes 100% on the ball as you run up. You are learning to shoot on the run,
don’t look up as you are running to the ball, keep your eyes on the ball. An exercise
to practice on your own. You will need three cones, a few balls and a goal. If you don’t
have a goal then use a fence or wall. Be creative, but don’t break any of your parents’ windows!
Lay out your three cones like so and start off without the ball. Measure your normal
steps to the ball distance from the second cone to the third cone. Then lightly jog up
to the second cone and when you get there step to get your plant foot to land next to
the third cone and take an imaginary swing of the ball. Once you do this a few reps and
feel comfortable remove the second cone and get the ball out. Make a soft pass to the
cone, then light jog up and shoot on the run. Your focus is timing and landing your plant
foot next to the ball. Don’t worry about shooting for the corners or upper 90’s.
Focus on shooting low, hard and straight with power.
When comfortable pass the ball harder and run up faster. This challenges your timing.
After a few reps shoot from dribbling. The key is taking that last touch before you strike
the ball just a little farther out so you can take a big step to the ball. Don’t have
the ball right under you when you try to take a step to shoot.
Do a few reps of each style and do this for 10-15 minutes total.
If you have access to a camera, maybe one on your phone, I suggest having someone film
you from a side angle. After they video a few of your shots go back and watch the footage.
Look to see where your plant foot is. If it’s next to the ball, congrats. If it’s behind
your plant foot or in front then you know your timing is off and you need to make an
adjustment. No big deal! Bonus Exercise! If you have a partner handy have them roll the
ball out to your dominant foot from the side of the goal. You then run up and shoot the
ball as it’s rolling to you. This will be more challenging on your timing as the ball
is coming towards you, not going away from you. Do a few reps, rest and then repeat.
Second Bonus Exercise! Have your partner roll the ball from the side as you run up to shoot
it. This will challenge your timing as well. What’s Wrong! The most common error I see
with players shooting on the run is their plant foot is behind the ball. Start slow,
be patient and get your timing right before you start trying to shoot on the run at full
speed. Bonus Tip! Enjoy the process of improving!
You are not perfect, I’m not perfect, pros aren’t perfect. It takes hard work and practice
to get better. Don’t be upset when you can’t shoot as hard as your best friend. Use that
feeling to fuel your fire to improve. We all have to start somewhere so enjoy the process!
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