6 Steps to a More Powerful Soccer Shot

I don't care if you are 8 or 38 years old, a funny thing happens when we place a soccer ball on the grass in front of a goal. Something in our mind seems to snap and we try to strike the ball as hard as we can.

Most of us, however, don't realize this actually slows down the soccer ball's speed.

Kicking at 100 percent force often causes us to tense up many of the muscles involved in the full multifunction process of the motion. Think of this as a "whipping" motion. Staying slightly loose during the kick allows our foot to be at the end of an accelerating chain of events. Tighten up any of those events and you slow it down.

These key points will help to develop a stronger, longer and faster soccer kick.

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