Nike have developed a boot that will help you bang in 30-yard thunderbastards and find the far corner with caressed precision.
The design of the PhantomVNM features a series of textured zones to facilitate a powerful strike, but with an understanding that all of the power in the world won’t score without the accuracy to keep the shot on goal.
"My finishing is a balance between power and placement," says US Women's National Team star Alex Morgan. "It depends where I am in the box, but I'd say my focus is usually 60/40 accuracy versus power.”
Jeongwoo Lee, Senior Design Director for Nike Football Footwear, adds: “We teamed up with our research lab to utilize a robotic leg to test strikes from a variety of angles with urethane injected ‘blades’ across the instep.
"This enabled us to go deep statistically on the impact that the various blade iterations had on accuracy, elevation, power and spin. The lab data helped us land on the exact specifications of Precision Pwr strike zone built for finishers.”
The 13 ridges of the Precision Pwr strike zone are set at specific angles and ascending heights to help keep the ball down if it is mishit and to provide bite on the ball.
The PhantomVNM launches January 19 on nikes website