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I just had to
share this with you.
If you will
take the time to follow this it TRULY represents
what Blast The Ball is all about.
The other day I
received an email from Mark.
Mark is a freshman in high school and his dad
found our website.
They ordered Blast The Ball and this is
the series of emails that followed.
First email from
I have a question about the straight kick. You
talk about hitting the ball with your laces but
since the ball is sitting on the ground I am
usually hitting the ball more with the tops of
my toes. This doesn't result in a hard shot. If
I lift the ball up by putting the ball on a
small cone, the shot looks good but that's not
going to happen in a game. Is there something I
can be doing to get better contact with the
Thanks and I love your DVD and the soccer hop
that my dad made for me.
Coach V Replied
Thanks for the comments about the video (DVD).
I know exactly what you are talking about.
What you are doing now is fine and you will
eventually get the feel of the full contact.
One thing you can do is imagine your foot /
laces traveling through the ball in a straight
line towards the goal.
We often have a tendency to lift our foot just
as it hits the ball.
Striking through and almost down on the ball
will give you more of a "FULL" contact feel.
BE CAREFUL however....
This takes time and can result in injury if you
don't take it slow.
Also make sure your foot is planting even
with the ball not behind it as shown in the
This is a hard thing to overcome.
Mark's Dad Wrote
Thanks for sending Mark the advice.
I have 2 soccer playing children. Mark is a
freshman in high school. He just completed a
year of playing for the high school JV team and
he will be playing on his first premier team
later this fall. Jill is in 7th grade and she
also just joined a premier U13 team plus she
will be going out for the junior high team for
the first time in the spring. I felt that both
of them needed better technical shooting skills
but I didn't have the expertise to help them
out. When I saw an ad for the "Blast the Ball"
DVD, it sounded like it was exactly what they
needed to take them to the next level. Also, now
that they are older, kicking the ball against
the garage door was not something we wanted them
to do, so building the soccer hop rebounder
(plans included with the DVD) is working
perfectly. They have just begun working on the
different techniques that the DVD covers because
I didn't want them to get too involved with any
new ideas in the middle of their playing season.
In the short time that they have been working on
the kicking basics, I have seen a big increase
in the quality of ball striking. The DVD is so
full of information that I'm sure we'll be
referring back to it for years to come.
Craig Eiding, Mark's Dad
reading your reply, Mark went back out and
starting working on his straight shot. He
realized that part of the problem was that he
wasn't always getting his plant foot directly
next to the ball. That was contributing to
hitting the ball with the top of the toes
because his foot was in an upswing motion. When
he gets his plant foot positioned correctly,
it's much easier for him to hit down on the
ball. Thanks a lot.
Mark and his Dad with the Soccer Hop they built.
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