Taking a dive never felt so rewarding
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When a shot comes in wide and there’s no time to get behind the ball, fear not: There’s the extension dive.
Yes, there’s a technique to the big dive: Start with a lateral forward step towards the ball. For shots coming in low, make the step big to create a low center of gravity and help you dive farther.
Then, transfer your weight to the outside of the lead foot, pushing from the ground toward the ball, and landing on your side with your elbows out in front to avoid injuries.
For high balls, the process is almost the same, but extend the ankle, knee and hip to get height.
Get to the ball in as straight a line as possible — the more direct the jump, the better the chance of reaching the ball in time.