# How to bend the trajectory of a soccer ball

When it comes to kicking a soccer ball, why settle for a straight line trajectory? By tapping the ball so that it more or less turns on itself, you will be able to curve its trajectory in mid-flight and thus add an element of surprise to your strikes. The radius of curvature of the final trajectory will depend on the speed of rotation of the ball. By experimenting with different punching forces with the proper spin, you can bend the ball's trajectory around your opponent and thus catch them completely off guard.

## Steps

### Part 1 of 3: spin the ball

#### Step 1. Correctly line up your typing

You should approach the ball at a 90 degree angle. Arrange to place the non-hitting foot about 30 to 40 cm away from the ball.

• Compared to a straight line strike, you should position yourself slightly out of step.
• Someone kicking with the right foot should approach the ball from left to right. Conversely, someone who strikes with the left foot will have to approach from the right to the left.
• Begin your approach 2 to 3 m away. You must be able to take 3 good strides before hitting the ball.

#### Step 2. Kick the ball out of its center with the inside of the foot

It is necessary that the balloon turns on itself so that its trajectory is curved in flight. To make it turn, it is necessary that the force of the strike be greater on one side of the ball than on the other.

#### Step 3. Aim for the lower part of the ball, on the outside

To orient the curve of the ball's trajectory to the left, you have to strike on the right side so that the ball rotates counterclockwise. Hitting the ball on the left side will cause it to spin clockwise and orient its trajectory to the right.

#### Step 4. Vary your punching force

The speed of the ball's rotation is proportional to the force you put into your strike as well as where you will direct your strike on the ball.

• Experiment with different punching forces and try to figure out which one will give you the maximum spin speed.
• Hit the ball in different places to vary its speed of rotation.

### Part 2 of 3: practice typing

#### Step 1. Put an obstacle around which you will spin your ball

Place a cone 5-10m in front of the ball and use it as a guide to practice bending the trajectory of your shots.

• Place the cone directly in the path of your strike.
• Direct your shot so that the ball goes towards one of the sides of the cone.
• Try to make the ball's trajectory curve after passing the cone.

#### Step 2. Hit the ball on its lower part offset to one side

Aim for a point of the balloon on its lower part so that it can rise sufficiently. The side of the ball that you hit will have a direct effect on the direction of its rotation and therefore on the direction in which its trajectory will curve.

• A hit on the left side will cause a clockwise rotation, which will deflect the trajectory to the right.
• A hit on the right side will cause a counterclockwise rotation, which will deflect the trajectory to the left.

#### Step 3. As you strike, accompany the movement of your leg

As you kick the ball, increase its speed further by supporting the strike with your foot.

### When your foot makes contact with the ball, kick your leg across your body. This will give the ball a higher spin speed

#### Step 4. Try to hit the ball from different places on the court

A bent strike can be useful on many occasions during a game. Practice doing it from different places on the playing field to be ready for D-Day.

• Work the corners.
• Practice taking free kicks.
• Take shots on goal.

### Part 3 of 3: working the aim

#### Step 1. Decide what to bend the path around

Depending on the desired radius of curvature, the speed of rotation that you will give to your ball will be different.

• In order for the trajectory of your ball to curve around a wall of defenders, you will need to give it a high speed of rotation.
• Bending the trajectory of the ball to deceive the goalkeeper on a free kick will require a lower speed of rotation.
• Scoring a goal from a corner requires a very curved trajectory.

#### Step 2. Spin the ball in the same direction as the curvature of the path

The Magnus effect shows us that the direction in which the balloon rotates will be the same as the direction in which its trajectory will curl. Therefore, if you want the ball to go to the right, you need to make it rotate to the right.

#### Step 3. Hit the ball from the opposite side

Hit it on the opposite side of where you want to curve its path. If you want to bend the ball's trajectory to the left, aim your shot slightly to the right of your goal. Conversely, if you want the ball to go to the right, you will need to aim your strike slightly to the left of your goal.