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I used to have pretty hard shots up until I had a persistent injury to my lower back, probably due to sedentary workdays coupled with irregular training. Well, a few months of physiotherapy and changing my work environment I have overcome this injury now and play football without any problems... except my shots seems to have withered altogether. I can run, tackle, dribble but have no real intensity in my shots these days.

That got me thinking; what does the shot power really depend on? What distinguishes players with incredibly hard/fast shots from others? Something I find particularly interesting is that there is no direct dependance on the body frame of the player, in other words some small and thin player can still have tremendous shots despite being undersized compared to others. So it's not all about being pumped..

As a follow-up, how can one improve his/her shot power?

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Shot power, which can be likened to the punch of a boxer, is predominantly dependent upon one's ability to create "explosive power".

Explosiveness is the amount of kinetic energy that can be generated by the relevant muscles in a short space of time. In kicking a football, the main muscles used are the quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves.

To improve your power you need strong quadriceps but also the ability to generate speed and energy when straightening your leg and bringing your foot down.

If you want to kick harder you want to do be doing a lot of squats and jumps. Not only will you strengthen the muscles but you'll also increase your ability to generate swing speed with your legs.

Also, don't neglect working your core. Everything from your shoulder, abs and hips are used in stabilising your body whilst kicking too.

Here's a google search for "Explosive Power Drills".

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