Shooting styles vary throughout the world, some shooters like to hold the ball
in a forward position in front of the face, others prefer a low shooting release
The technique that Australia has found most success in national and international
competition over a number of years is the "HIGH RELEASE" technique.
Irrespective of which style the shooter prefers it cannot be over-emphasised
how vital it is to have high conversion reates, good technique and concentration
and how essential it is to have constant practice.
Good technique provides ability to perform under pressure.
Perfection of good technique should be the aim of the shooters.
HIGH SHOOTING TECHNIQUE
STANDING SHOT ( ONE-HANDED)
- Feet parallel, slightly apart - 12cm, facing goal post.
- The distance between the feet can vary, depending on what the shooter considers
is comfortable for her, but suggest they be neither too far apart, or too
- The shot should be executed from a WELL BALANCED AND STABLE BASE.
Hand Positioning on the ball
- Fingers are spread open - (comfortable position).
- Ball NOT UP ON THE FINGER TIPS but RESTING ON THE FINGERS.
- There should be a finger space between the palm of the hand and the ball.
- DON'T have the ball resting on the FLAT of the palm as you have far less
control on the release.
Aim/and High Release of the Ball
- Having caught the ball, turned towards the post, taken a well balanced stance
and having finger control of the ball -
- Full concentration on the ring
- Centering your aim on the front metal part of the ring - depending which
angle you are shooting from.
- Centering you aim to the front of the ring allows for - being slightly off
target, either too far left or right, or if you push the ball too hard it
still gives the shot oa chance of going in.
- With the high shooting technique you will find the the ball will have a
good high arc to the ring, no a flat projectory.
- With arm almost fully extended, hold the ball high above the head.
- arm back near the ear.
- Left hand on the side, purely steadying the ball.
- Elbow should be turned in TOWARDS THE POST - ensuring that the arm and hand
are centre to the post.
- If the elbow is turned out, the arm and hand will not be centre to the post
and will cause the shot to be flat and off centre to the ring
RELEASE OF THE BALL
- Slightly drop the upper part of the arm backwards towards the top of the
head, a quarter of the distance between the hand and to top of your
- As you are dropping the arm back towards the top of the head, there is a
gentle bending of the knees.
- On the follow through of the shot transfer body weight from the knees and
ankles upwards through the body.
NOTE: A shot taken out more than half way out requires more bending
of the knees.
- Add a stronger flick of the wrist and fingers than a shot taken nearer the
- Some shooters like to jump as they release the ball to give added height
and strength to the shot.
- Arm going upwards for a high release of the ball.
- Release the ball with a smooth fluid action following through right to the
- Wrist and fingers flick the ball in a gentle back spin to the ring.
- Final release coming from your original starting position -
With ball high above your head
- Always be well balance
- Concentrate on the target
- Develop good shooting technique
- Be calm and poised
- Be confident