June 9, 2010

The science behind a penalty kick

Filed under: Sports — Tags: — HarryCool @ 7:09 pm


Scientists say players taking penalty kicks at the World Cup should ignore the goalkeeper and just focus on where they are going to put the ball.

Does one need freaking scientists to figure that out?! The goalkeeper is not a threat. The player kicking the ball is. The goalkeeper is just defending his goal from being attacked. It is the goalkeeper that needs to keep his focus on the player before the ball is kicked to attempt a guess on which side the ball will be kicked and then obviously on the ball once its kicked. The kicker must focus on his aim. The goalkeeper in case of penalty kick is just a distraction.

However, it is a known fact that goalkeepers usually decide before the kick which side they’d dive. Well most of them. The kicker should not try to guess that. It is too hard as compared to just concentrating on hitting it right and hitting it in the corner.

Well, to get a bit soccerly philosophical, this concept applies to life in general too. One must not worry about the distractions but stay focused on the goal. So is life like a penalty kick? Well, I think it’s more like the whole game itself. Penalty kick is just a part of it.

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