Is that just 'set shot' snap goals or all snaps?Fun fact - accuracy on snap goals are the lowest recorded in 2019 (37.9%) since the stat was first measured in 2013 (39.6%)
Are players worse at converting these shots, or are there lots of factors to consider?
edit* 8 times more shots are being attempted.
Harry Taylor takes the cake - that one against the Crows - way back in the Football Park days to win the game with seconds to go - after taking the mark - 30 metres out - 45% degree angle - on his favoured left side - straight forward drop punt - no ran out and tried to snap it or hook it - never looked like. Actually Dangerfield was still with the Crows ( out injured ) sitting in the grandstand - he roared laughing after Taylor did thatSome of the shots players take as snaps are plain ridiculous. Having said that, many players can't even have a straight run-up when taking a set shot, which limits their potential accuracy heaps. I just don't understand how they aren't being coached to stop this. I'd say the majority of players run at least a small arc when coming into kick a set shot and it does my head in. That's not proper technique, you're not buddy franklin, have a straight run up and maybe, just maybe, you'll find that you can kick the ball straighter at goals.
I still remember getting sternly told by my junior coach who worked at an AFL club to stop running around on an arc when I was having a shot at goal. Yet seems like the coaches at these AFL sides are barely working on the goalkicking at all.
The players don't or aren't allowed to dedicate much time to it during the weekI couldn't pinpoint why it's gone backwards tbh but there's very few players in the AFL you'd put your house on from 30 metres out haha
Yes ... . A player loses confidence, a mechanical error they just don't notice, were never really taught as a junior properly but because they are a great athlete that can kick a mile.Don't get me wrong, snap kicking is an art form that I enjoy, when appropriate. I watch players do this on the reg, sometimes with minimal to no angle (Castagna on the weekend 25 metres out). Perhaps I'm a traditionalist and appreciate a drop punt set shot, or maybe I'm way off and people couldn't care less.
i wonder if it's that players do it because they think they're a better chance for goal, or if it'st that they don't like the responsibility/pressure of going back and taking a shot?
I'll concede that some of the better set snap kickers (Menzel, Gray, Martin, C. Cameron etc.) have more of a right to snap, but by and large players should stick to a set-shot unless along the boundary or goal line.
More annoying is players wanting to give it off rather than take the shot.
But they would have been completely buggered anyway because their level of fitness was a lot lower too.When comparing to accuracy of days gone by we need to remember:
1. A much greater percentage of shots at goal were taken by a fewer number of players; the specialist goalkicking forwards.
2. The aforementioned specialist forwards were not completely buggered from running repeatedly up and down the ground when they took their shots at goal.
A player can't run off their line when kicking after the siren because that's deemed playing on...same thing should apply to players who snap outside the boundary line...99% of them run off their line.Only if you change direction or are tackled before you make it on to the field of play.
In more than 50 years of watching footy in WA and Victoria I don't recall a player using the torpedo for any reason other than to achieve greater distance. By the 1970s the great majority of players used the drop punt when having a set shot for goal, with the very notable exception of the great Peter Hudson who famously used a flat punt. As to the snap , well each to their own and if it works fine. I cant however avoid the sneaking suspicion that some use the snap to pretend the shot is harder than it really is and furnish some lame excuse for missing a very gettable goal.Does it really matter? Torpedos used to be more popular way back, they fell to the wayside when players opted for more control of a drop punt. Now players are currently finding they get more control with intentionally curving the ball rather than trying to lay one out dead straight. It's just a progression.
100 % agree . It is just amazing that with the whole team of specialist assistant coaches teams employ that these basics aren't being corrected. It seems that few players have established and then repeatedly practiced a sound technique , based on a straight approach and a set number of steps. The routine when practiced repeatedly, much like a golfer on the range, becomes more related to muscle memory and reduces the chances of demons getting in the head when shooting for goal in a match.Some of the shots players take as snaps are plain ridiculous. Having said that, many players can't even have a straight run-up when taking a set shot, which limits their potential accuracy heaps. I just don't understand how they aren't being coached to stop this. I'd say the majority of players run at least a small arc when coming into kick a set shot and it does my head in. That's not proper technique, you're not buddy franklin, have a straight run up and maybe, just maybe, you'll find that you can kick the ball straighter at goals.