Save and clear technique
My last set of kit I put together myself, TK pads and Mercian kickers. With this combination I found the save and clear technique when lying down very easy. Now I have my new Robo kit I find that the same technique is not so effective. I have been using the lower leg to sweep with what technique would you recommend?
The technique you’re talking about is very effective when slide tackling with your legs as it takes the ball to a space as you save/block. You probably had an easier time clearing with the TK pads because the edge of the pad will bend back when dragged along the turf. That’s a good thing when you’re using this technique, but not great if you’ve ever had a shot deflect in because of the pad’s flexibility. You can kick/sweep with your lower legguard in a leg slide with the Robos, you just need to make some adjustments to the technique. If you’re looking to kick with the lower legguard, start with your leg bent with your knee forward and foot back. The save/clear you speak of in the slide is generated by your foot coming forward. The Robo is a stiffer legguard and there’s more resistance when you drag it forward because the pad doesn’t flex/bend. On the other hand, because the outer edge is curved, there’s less surface edge to drag. Pay attention to the speed you’re generating when you’re trying this skill and the angle of your leg and you should be fine.