“I reached this level by sheer dint of hard work, toiling away at scores of tricks and experiments. I used to play with the ball from dawn till dusk and just kept practising. If I wasn’t playing matches, it was trying out one on one or two against two with a tennis ball. Then I used to try aiming at certain targets. That’s the only way to learn. And if I missed the target, I kept trying until I scored”
Take a look at the video below, then look at our 'finish like Zidane drill!'
At Beast Mode Soccer we start about 12 yards out, using tennis balls. We will take 50 shots with the tennis balls, then move up to a size 1. With the size one we go about 18 yards out. Again, take about 50 shots, then move to a size 5, about 22 yards out, taking 50 shots.
The player has to get at least 50% of the shots in the 'kill zones' (marked with the cones in the goals) and at least 10 in each round have to hit the target directly. This is a lot trickier than it sounds!
The great thing about this drill is it can be done pretty much anywhere that space is available. We recommend getting some chalk and drawing the targets and the kill zone onto a wall. Have a friend? Make it a competition!
The next progression is to repeat but while running with the ball i.e.: Dribble ball 10 yards look up and shoot at the target. At Beast Mode Soccer we preach about good technique and that goes for this drill as well. Watch Zidane's flowing technique as he shoots the ball, it seems that he always knows where he want to put the ball.