Goalkicking wizard Steve Johnson launched a passionate defence of the AFL "snap kick" on Tuesday after Geelong missed two shots at goal in the final minute of their two-point loss to Adelaide.

Geelong's Johnson, who was unavailable for Sunday's round-17 match at AAMI Stadium because of suspension, says he's baffled by the discussion which has followed the misses from tight angles by Cats' pair Jimmy Bartel and Harry Taylor.

Taylor and Bartel used the "snap-kick" method with the ball turned on its side and the player kicking around his body.

"Can't believe the scrutiny over players choosing to snap over kicking a drop punt if on favoured side," Johnson, a two-time leading goalkicker at Geelong, said on Twitter.

"I am certain the percentage is higher by opening up angle. As long as it's been practised I have no doubt the goal ratio will be higher if that's what the player is most comfortable with.

"My advice, don't change because some traditionalists think it's wrong, do what you know is right and accept responsibility if you miss knowing you gave yourself the best chance of kicking a goal!"

A video posted on Geelong's website on Tuesday features interviews with key forwards who favour the kick from tight angles, including Richmond's Jack Riewoldt and Melbourne's Chris Dawes.

"The ones you see from Stevie J, it's nearly become the norm for AFL players when they're outside the 45(-degree) angle of the goal to try that sort of kick," Riewoldt said.

Johnson says in the video that a player puts himself under extra pressure by attempting the snap-kick skill but it's about what feels right.

"When you miss one it does look really bad. It looks like you are showing off," Johnson said.

"Really it's just what I see as a percentage kick for me."

Taylor also said on the video he felt comfortable attempting the across-the-body kick from a set-shot attempt on a tight angle.

"It almost feels as though the goals are wider when you can use an arc-type kick," the key-position utility said.

Johnson, who's averaging 29 disposals per game in 2013, is due to return from suspension for Geelong's home game at Simonds Stadium against St Kilda on Saturday night. Bartel has accepted a one-match ban for making forceful front-on contact against Adelaide's Rory Laird.

 

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