I am curious about the name of the shots that are made by some soccer players.
It is a non-spinning shot that is often kicked at free-kick moments like C. Ronaldo does.
Maybe, just knuckling shot or non-spinning shot is the name, but if you have special name for that, I would like to know.
The only use of 'knuckle' that I've met in a sporting context is in the game of marbles, when players 'knuckle down' at the start. (I've heard a marbles player say that this is the root of the phrasal verb 'knuckle down', meaning 'get started', but I'm not convinced - the 'marbles' usage refers to the players' crouching position.)
Last edited by BobK; 08-Jun-2010 at 16:18. Reason: added last point
It is a technique that Ronaldo developed himself - so you could call it a 'trademark Ronaldo free-kick' -and from what I can gather no other footballer has successfully copied him. According to Mark Hughes, the ex-Man City manager, even Ronaldo risks doing long-term damage to his body with his free-kicks:
Free kicks will ruin Cristiano Ronaldo’s knees, says City boss | Manchester United - Times Online