Goalkeeper training drills: How to improve your punching

Want to punch as effectively as Gianluigi Buffon? Use this drill to clear your lines with a fist through the ball

Set up
Place three mannequins around the goalkeeper inside the six-yard box, then position three people to serve balls into the danger zone - one on each flank and another from a central position on the edge of the area.

Action
The goalkeeper receives a high ball from each of the wide servers and punches it one-handed across his body. He then receives two high balls from the central server, punching away with two hands.

More after the break

Reps: Four high balls in total, one from each flank and two from the centre
Sets: 3-5
 
How it helps
Works on the technical aspect of punching under pressure. It will give the goalkeeper confidence to deal with crosses in a crowded penalty area - punching with one or two hands, with accuracy and distance.

Andrew Sparkes is the Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Swansea City. Follow @andrewsparkes1 @swansofficial @swans_academy
 

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