Recently, Geelong’s goalkicking has been a topic of conversation in the world of football, for both positive and negative reasons – most notably, the now-apparent use of the ‘J-curve’.

This J-curve essentially represents any object that will undergo a change in direction, whether vertically with gravity, or horizontally with the aerodynamic effects of the spin on the ball.

That horizontal movement has been utilised forever in footy, with the frequent use of the checkside from tight situations in order to open up the angle of the ball’s flight, and as a result give it a greater chance of ending up sailing through the big sticks.

However, it almost seems as if Geelong, in particular, is using it to such an extent that it becomes unnecessary and detrimental.

From looking at their past three games, thirteen scoring shots have been snaps on goal, off the side of the boot, generating the sideways movement.

Seemingly small, yes, but it is a fair chunk from a team with forwards renowned for being excellent set shots.

Plus, with incidents such as Steve Johnson’s attempt at it against St Kilda, where the ball landed in the goal square in the arms of a Saint, when it goes wrong, it appears catastrophic.

Paul Chapman also found out the hard way, playing on from a mark early on in the same match and was visibly frustrated, and imaginably the blue and white crowd were, too.

But what looks like a high-risk, same-reward approach couldn’t be more wrong at this point.

Geelong’s accuracy with the snap, regardless of their position on the field, has been greater than the standard kick, whether that be from a set shot or in play.

The Cats run at 77% accuracy in front of goal over the past three weeks – 10 goals from those 13 shots. Deadly accuracy, that. At that rate, it could well be 12 from 15, had Johnson seen the Saint in the goal square, and had an attempt not been smothered by a player illegally intruding his five-metre protected zone.

Their accuracy excluding the snap – of which Tom Hawkins can be congratulated for, having kicked 13.3 in his past three weeks even with a concussion against West Coast – has been outstanding as well, at 71%.

But even with that as an immense number in itself, it further adds weight to the preference to utilise the snap at goal, with it being unbelievably more accurate.

In fact, it ranks above the standard set shot, drop punt as well. That’s including Hawkins’ laser boot from anywhere and a host of forwards and midfielders having had one or two set shots each resulting in goals.

Johnson and Chapman are experienced forwards, as we all know, but that football wisdom has played to another advantage, and it’s spreading amongst the Cats.

James Podsiadly, in fact, kicked two exceptional snaps against the Eagles – one in play, the other playing on.

He’s kicked 6.1 in his last three weeks, and 25.6 from set shots for the season. Also in that period includes Hawkins with 11.2 from set shots and Steven Motlop with 4.0.

Add to that the combination of midfielders and forwards – Mathew Stokes, Taylor Hunt and Allen Christensen to name a select few – seemingly unable to kick behinds at the moment, and their goalkicking, totalling to 51.20 over two weeks, becomes extraordinary.

It’s extraordinary that the Cats are still ranked tenth in the competition for accuracy in front of goal.

With this, it makes a Geelong side, which at times has seemed lethargic this year, incredibly potent and damaging.

With 55 inside 50s per game in 2012, and all their finals experience built up over the last five years, it all adds up to a side that can, in this form, beat anybody in the competition.

They may only finish sixth or seventh on the ladder, but Geelong look primed to rattle a few cages come September.