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It's relatively common knowledge that when one kicks a football, if they lean back the ball usually goes higher, and if they lean forward slightly it goes at a more desirable height.

Why does leaning back make the ball go higher?

I'm guessing that it could be something to do with the centre of mass or angular momentum.

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This is likely a question about sports physiology and bio-mechanics rather than one about physics. Obviously those topics can be described in terms of physics, but they are generally treated by specialists. –  dmckee Nov 11 '12 at 18:56
Where do you suggest I migrate to? –  Olly Price Nov 11 '12 at 22:10
I don't suggest migrating it at all, and don't know of a Stack Exchange site where you will necessarily find a good answer. I'm just saying that it is not clear that there is a concise answer in term of basic physics. Question involving how people move are generally complicated. –  dmckee Nov 11 '12 at 22:14

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When lean back you're foot naturally goes a little bit higher. Try it, just lift one foot like 5 cm of the floor, and then tilt back and forth and you will see that you're foot will go along. When you hit a football every mm counts.

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