So with the football season well and truly underway, it’s around this time when those teams who are genuinely going to challenge, take it to the next level.
Training is more intense and performances have to step up.
The adidas micoach smart ball is one of the most innovative pieces of sporting technology available to the public. We’ve been lucky enough to test one thoroughly.
If you’re unaware as to what the ball is…The smart ball is a Bluetooth Smart and app-enabled soccer ball with integrated sensor technology for dead-ball kicking training such as penalties, free-kicks, shooting, corners, long passes or goal kicks.
It relays data on how hard it has been struck, offers visual flight trajectories, depicts ball spin and shows impact points via the adidas miCoach SMART BALL app available for iPhone and iPod touch. This data can then be used to help train players, providing coaching instructions on how to alter kicking technique to bend free kicks, launch knuckle balls and generate more shot power.
It is a piece of kit that has been engineered at the highest standard whilst the execution for the user is incredibly simple and straightforward. You charge the ball, download the app, link them up and away you go.
It has a range of ways to help improve kicking skills, giving the ability and confidence to deliver when it matters most. The intuitive miCoach SMART BALL companion app offers a dedicated training section for users to focus on improving their skills with tutorials to help master progressively more advanced techniques, including the elusive ‘knuckle ball’. A ‘challenge yourself’ section, which challenges you to kick the ball within a certain speed, bend around a wall or try to replicate pro level free kicks. There is also a ‘record book’ section to save and record all kicks to improve and track performance over time.
Challenge kicks are supported with social sharing functions. The adidas micoach SMART BALL also features wireless charging capabilities and comes with a charging dock.
Football is an expensive game these days. This retails at £220 but if you are serious about learning how to improve your game without constantly rewinding YouTube clips and you’ve got a little cash to splash, all ages would have heaps of fun with this. It is uber addictive.
We’ve got heaps of photography from our kick about with the ball so consider this part 1 and watch out for more.
When it comes to testing such high-end kit, it would be plain wrong to be wear boots that aren’t up to the equally high standard wouldn’t it?
The adidas F50 and 11pro are dominating pitches across the globe. Made for very different players / roles each has been crafted to provide the ultimate tool in which to do your talking.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll wear these around the house as well as on the pitch. They are stunning.