Beneath the rule of mens' oppressive state
The pen is likelier than the sward. Behold
The arch-enchanter's wand! - itself a nothing!
But taking saucery from the masters-hand,
To paralyse the Caesars, strike the fence,
Stride the loud earth breathless! Take away the fog.
Sheep, aspire to be unique.
Isn't it a length of levers thing? Stimmo was a damn fine goal-kicker but his ocasional efforts at a drop-goal were uniformly awful, as was (like Billy) his kicking out of hand when under presure. It just takes too long to get the lever of your leg back and to swing it through the ball if you're 6 ft something or just long limbed. Whereas with place kicking you've got all the time you need to time your approach and swing through the ball. It's a little bit like how tall batsmen tend to fare less well against short pitched fast bowling because it's harder to transfer the weight, clear the arms and swing through the ball as it hurries on to you.
In Toby's case he's a pretty good goal-kicker who is having some specific problems with technique and confidence after having (for one reason or another) his technique changed 18 months ago. This is different from the fact that he just isn't very good at drop-goals and to an extent kicking from hand under pressure - which probably come down to the fact that he's quite long limbed. Imo it's using him as the main kicker in defensive situations that is the problem - the relatively simple solution is to use an alternative relieving kicker when in our own quarter The obvious, current, option is Geordan but might be Bowden or Ford in future. Leaving Tobes to work on the strategic kicking to control the game - which imo needs work.
That he doesn't swing through the ball and has no follow through in his goalkicking looks a much more important problem to me. As a long levered kicker he looks to be trying to use the short, stabbing technique of a much shorter man which he seems physiologically ill-suited to. I don't honestly think this method will ever work for him and it has certainly had a negative effect on range and accuracy with an inevitable knock on confidence.
I've been to Hollywood
I've been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold.
I've been in my mind,
It's such a fine line
That keeps me searching for a heart of gold.
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