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Mastering the drop goal
Potentially a potent weapon in your arsenal
Posted Aug 27, 2010 by Tips and Techniques
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The drop goal can be one of the most potent weapons in rugby and by mastering it, you put yourself in a position of strength as it gives you an advantage over your opponents and enables you to have another weapon in your arsenal should you need it.
England won the 2003 World Cup with a drop goal from the boot of Jonny Wilkinson and its importance in today’s game cannot be underestimated.
But it’s a more difficult skill to master than perhaps it looks.
So how can you perfect it?
Step one, you have to remember that how the ball hits the ground is of huge importance. You need to ensure the ball lands directly on its point and you can achieve this by spreading your hands. Also try and keep in contact with the ball right until the last second.
Secondly, it is important to make contact as soon as it hits the ground, maintaining a 45° angle with your chest facing the ball and this will give you good balance and maximum power.
And finally, once you’ve struck the ball it’s important to shift the body weight towards the target. This ensures maximum accuracy and control and also prevents you from rotating away from the ball.
If you can perfect these components of the drop goal then you will provide your team with another avenue of scoring points.