5 Ways That Strikers Can Boost Their Confidence
Every striker needs confidence in order to be a successful goal scorer. Finding the mental toughness to see the whole of the ball over the line requires a unique strength of character.
Let's take a look at 5 ways your striker can boost their confidence in front of goal:
1. Embrace a Short-Term Memory
Good strikers should be comfortable in the knowledge that they are asked to have selective memory. If you don't shoot, you won't score, so take tons of shots on goal. If your teammates eye you quizzically, or throw their arms up in the air when you don't pass to them, remember that your job as a striker is to score goals.
Forget about the last shot if it didn't go in, and don't second guess yourself, leave the past in the past and shoot again.
Top forwards must develop short memories, If they miss a chance, they let it go right there and then, moving on to the next chance that they are confident will come there way if they are moving without the ball, pressing, and sticking to game plan put forth before the opening whistle.
2. Never be Afraid to Miss
Not every shot goes in. As a striker, you're going to miss, but you've got to become comfortable missing.
In fact, it might be a good sign if you're seeing a lot of misses fly past the target. It likely means that your midfield is creating chances in the attacking third, and the strikers are getting good service, thus lots of shots.
The law of averages says that if you keep shooting, keep fighting, keep trying, keep giving everything, you are destined to get on the score sheet sooner than later.
3. Gamble on Lost Causes
Though it's important not to do needless running that will unwisely use your energy reserves, it is important to put faith in your teammates and show them that you're willing to chase down every hint of even the most remote possibility of a goal.
Gamble on a long ball that looks like it might go out for a goalkick, pressure and harass the goalkeeper into making mistakes, make that run to the near post when it looks like your teammate can't get the cross over.
Going the extra mile for seemingly lost causes often times actually provides clear cut opportunities that allow you to add to your team's goal tally, and further boost your confidence as a striker by getting a few unconventional goals.
4. Learn to Paint A Picture In Your Mind
The best strikers in the world have a picture in their mind of what they want to do with the ball before it ever arrives at their feet.
They know exactly where the posts and crossbar are when they play back to goal, they understand and spy the little details that can give them the advantage, like a goalkeeper that may be off their line a bit, or cheating to one side, they know where their teammates are positioned around them so that with quick decision making they can combine to create chances and score goals.
Top strikers need to be great visionaries who can see into the future, painting a picture in their mind of the next great masterpiece set to be unveiled in and around the 18 yard box.
5. Step On with Swagger
All players must honor the game and their opponents, but as a top class striker it's important to carry yourself with a swagger out on the pitch.
Know that if you get into certain positions, or are offered certain angles on goal, the chance to go 1v1, or challenge for a header in front of goal, you're going to be a handful for any opponent to try and mark.
By walking tall and emitting a sense of bold style and confidence, an aura of the prototypical tough customer, you will be on your way to gaining the mental edge against the defenders you're set to do battle with.
Goal scoring is about being self-assured, if you put in the pre-game preparation by working hard in training, and then incorporate these tips to boost your mental confidence, there's no doubt that you'll be heading down a path towards scoring lots of goals for your Club.