5 Techniques to Develop for Turning and Shooting On Goal
Learning the craft of smoothly turning and hitting a shot on frame is one of the most artful skills any footballer can develop, it takes a genuine footballing-brain to be able to cleanly receive, turn, and strike a ball into the back of the net.
There aren't any special elixirs to learning and mastering this skill, it just takes guidance, direction and dedication to the sport.
Here are 5 techniques to develop for turning and shooting on goal.
1. Increase Technicality
If you want to be the very best in the game, writing the headlines, regardless of position, you've got to be a technical player that is comfortable with the ball at your feet, willing to possess under pressure and connect, so put in maximum time on your ball mastery to increase your expression with the ball.
Learning to cast a spell and put your opponents on ice, with complete and utter control at high-speed, is an attribute all the legends of the game share in common.
2. Check Your Shoulder
Morphing into a player that can turn and score in the snap of two fingers is all about keeping your head on a swivel and becoming a 360 degree player that can paint a picture in the mind and in reality.
Vision and game intelligence through constant surveying and computation is high-level player IQ that recognizes the moments before the ball and defender arrive.
Here's a great example of this from Dennis Bergkamp:
3. Feel The Goal
World-Class goal scorers have an innate ability to feel the goal, they have eyes in the back of their head that help them score from impossible, unseen, angles in the blink of an eye.
It's hard to describe what it means to feel the goal, but coupled with sharp glances over your shoulder, and an intuitiveness and feeling for the goal, the best appear to have top-secret intel on knowing just how and when to turn and shoot.
Ruud Van Nistlerooy was one of the modern eras best at this:
4. Develop Balance
The heroes of the game have incredible dexterity and balance, body control with and without the ball, an ability to find equilibrium in attack and in possession of the ball, creating chances to receive, turn, create and finish.
The hypnotic power of next-level players is due in part to their ability to maneuver and navigate the field with freedom and creativity, seeing gaps and spaces that aren't apparent to most.
One of the all time greats in the areas of balance, skill and talent; Andres Iniesta disappearing before our eyes:
5. Learn to Strike With All Surface Areas
Learning to strike with all parts of the foot, inside, outside, heel, laces, etc. is key to becoming a great finisher, ankle flexibility and flex-strength is critical if you want to follow in the footsteps of the greats.
Few have captured the imagination like the great Andriy Shevchenko:
And if you put the time and work into perfecting the skills of the legendary players mentioned above, there's no telling that you'll be on your way to scoring big time goals for your team.