I havnt posted in a while, but when I saw the title of this thread, I couldnt resist
As a highly paid super star soccer player, I know a thing or two about visualization. In fact, I've visualized the fact that I've mastered all skills and techniques, therefore its true.
Of course everything I've just said is false.
Although the title of the thread is misleading, opert does have a point. To a certain exent, visualization will help you perform better. Its one thing to get muscle memorization, but another to get your brain to automatically think a certain way or focus on a certain position.
That being said. Practicing on your own and then implementing those skills in a variety of situations is better than visualization. As a result, however, you will begin to visualize situations almost automatically..simply because you have encountered them before.
--Ex: A wall pass situation.
--Ex: How your foot and body are positioned when serving a swinging cross vs a straight driven cross.
The best advice would be to include as many senses as possible when visualizing.
take a look at this: