Many beginners and also often more advanced players have problems with doing hard shots or placing their shots in general.
Being able to do hard, full court shots is often enough to get out of the bronze area. At the end of this guide I will provide you a video with in game examples. Hard shots are incredible useful to punish positioning mistakes, people with a slow reaction time and people who are not good at defending/getting high, fast shots.
Since most people in bronze and also silver don't pressure the ball enough or position themselves wrong, half- and full court shots are one of the best methods to get goals while playing defensive.
- Influence of different car parts on the strength you shoot the ball with.
- Importance of the balls movement for your shot.
- How to use the dodge.
- Combine all three points
So lets start.
1. Influence of different car parts on the strength you shoot the ball with
There are four different types of contact you can get on the ball for different strengths. Use these to your advantage. 1. Wheels: This hit is the weakest hit in the game. If you want a soft touch, you hit it with the wheels of your car. If you want it to go fast, do not hit it with your wheels. 2. Roof: The roof of your car is a moderate amount stronger than your wheels. You can get solid hits with this. If you want a decent hit without the ball going too fast or too slow, the roof is your way to go. 3. Bumper: Your front bumper offers a very strong hit. If you want to get fast shots, this is your way to go. 4. Corner Bumper: The corner of your front bumper is the strongest hit in the game, which is a slight amount stronger than your bumper. So what do we learn from this? In most situations you want to hit the ball with your front bumpers or the corner of your front bumpers, so you get a hard hit.
But sometimes you also want to get weak hits, here is an example.
2. Importance of the balls movement for your shot.
Many beginners miss this.
If you shoot the ball while it's moving upwards, it will also fly high and often faster. It's best to hit it just a moment after it hit the ground. Here is an example to show you what I mean.
On the other hand, if you shoot the ball while it's falling, you will generally get a shallow and often weak shot. That looks like this.
Also, the faster the ball is moving away from you, the harder it is to change it's direction and speed.
Again, what do we learn? If you want to shoot the ball high and very fast, hit it just a moment after it hit the ground, if you want a shallow hit, hit it just before it hits the ground.
That leads to the next point.
3. How to use the dodge.
That is also a huge problem for beginners. Many use the dodge way too early. That looks like this.
What you want to do is dodging at the moment you hit the ball (mostly, for some special stuff not but that's not the topic now).
Also don't forget to do the dodge at the moment you hit the ball with your front bumpers. Don't get used to weird stuff like leaning forward and then hitting it with your roof.
Dodging at the moment you hit the ball looks like this.
4. Combine all points
Ok, so lets combine everything I said before. For hard hits you want to hit the ball just after it touched the ground (if possible), the lower side of the ball so it flys up, dodge at the moment you hit it, and when possible it should't move away from you before.
I put together a video for you of mostly ingame examples. Note that you won't always see me using all of the tipps listed above. Sometimes you can't wait until the ball touches the ground and you have to compensate that with hitting the ball lower, or sometimes you don't have the perfect timing etc., but I hope the general idea gets obvious. Even thought it may not look like that, most shoots are between 100 and 120 KmH.
From here you can see all the hits in slow motion. Note that I only included the hits and not the whole goals.
Finally: What I showed you mostly now, is how to shoot with different speeds/heights but I can't teach you precision. I can only recommend going into the striker training and train that there.
Try to get direct ~100KmH shots and if you can do it often enough (in your opinion), move up to the next level of the striker training.
You can also train it in the Rookie and Allstar Aerial training.
Edit: I hope I don't have to mention that your cars speed and where you hit the ball, also influences its speed and direction.
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