5 Ideas for Crafting the Perfect Through Ball
The greatest pass-masters of our time are the ones that can find the perfect through ball, they have the ability to hit runners barreling down the pitch at a million miles per hour, yet the passer doesn't ask them to break stride, or change the shape or angle of their run.
Learning to pick out these types of artful passes doesn't happen by chance, it takes hard work and dedication if you want to find that ole' pass.
Here are five ideas for crafting the perfect through ball.
1. Find The Weight
If you're going to become a midfield maestro, then you've got to be able to play well-weighted passes, learning to hit the ball at just the right speed.
It takes a lot of practice to learn what kind of energy you should impart on the ball with each pass, and there's no doubting that every moment is situational, but it's critical that you develop the ability to hit balls with the correct weight, and make life as easy as possible on the receiver of your pass.
2. Impart Spin
Once you're able to play passes at the right velocity for the right moment, start to develop the ability to impart spin on the ball with different parts of your foot.
Learning to strike the ball so that it curves into, or away from, the path of your teammate, is an invaluable tool for playing the perfect through ball; just as hitting a long floated ball with back-spin might allow your forward the chance to catch up to your pass, and create an opportunity on goal.
3. Feel the Game
The greatest players have a sixth sense that helps them feel the game, an indescribable x-factor that allows them to spot passes that no one else sees. A perfect through ball is born from a player that has the ability to see and feel the game at their own pace, allowing them to make it look effortless.
To develop this kind of intuition for the game, you've got become a solid technical player that has no fear of wanting play to go through you. You desire the ball, need it, only feel at ease when it's on your foot, and have an extrasensory perception that allows you to easily navigate and freeze the other 21 players buzzing around you during a match.
4. Practice Until It's Second Nature
It sounds pretty obvious, but like any other skill, you've got to practice your passing if you want to craft the perfect through ball.
A good way to do this on your own is to setup cones as 'gates' around a field or local park, grab a big of balls, very the distance of each gate, and practice hitting passes with different parts of your foot at different ball speeds to make passing become second nature.
5. Be Brave with Your Passing
Look, you don't want to lose possession for your team, or play passes that are never going to come off.
But you have to develop the courage inside your self to hit a 40-yard diagonal to your sprinting no. 11 out on the left flank, or hit a no-look pass that splits two defenders and gets your striker in on goal.
Being a top-notch passer of the ball requires a bit of chutzpah and self-determination to pull off the unthinkable, be brave every time you take the pitch, and use these five tips to to start engineering the perfect through ball.