Reuben Garrick has a little chuckle when asked about his goal-kicking process.
“When I’m standing back, a lot of people may think I am taking a long time. Some think I take the longest,'' Garrick laughed.
“But I’m going through processes in my head and visualising what I want to do."
With a goal-kicking conversion rate of 75 per cent, the Sea Eagles full-back has become one of the sharpest shooters in the Telstra Premiership since making his debut for Manly in 2019.
“It’s about following that process and drilling it, so you know exactly what you are doing every time,’’ Garrick said.
“And if you do make a mistake, you know how to correct it.
“I work a lot with kicking coach Damien Hill in defining that process and getting it down packed.
“I also work with Mindset Coach John Novak, so there is plenty of visualisation there when I’m looking at the ball.
"You do hear some noise but you just block it out.
“It’s then time to relax as you can certainly overthink. I’ve just got to let my body do what I’ve done a thousand times.”
Garrick was the NRL’s Top Point Scorer and Dally M Winger of the Year in 2021 after setting a new Club record for 'Most Points in a Season' with 334 points from 23 tries and 121 goals.
He also became the first player in rugby league to score 20 tries and 100 goals in a premiership season and broke the all-time record for most points by a player in the NRL regular season, beating Hazem El Masri’s record of 288 points set in 2004.
Furthermore, Garrick became the first player to score more than 300 points in a regular season and sits second behind El Masri (342 points, 28 games) on the '300 Points in a Season' list.
Garrick's 11 goals in the 66-0 win over Canterbury at Bankwest Stadium last July also saw him enter the club record books to sit equal third with Matthew Ridge and Mike Eden for most goals in a match.
The great Graham Eadie holds the record for most goals in a match for Manly with 14 against Penrith at Penrith Park in 1973.
Reuben Garrick's Goal Kicking Stats
2019: 65 goals from 85 attempts (76.47%)
2020: 41/60 (68.33%)
2021: 121/148 (81.76%)
2022: 48 goals/64 (75.00%)
Overall: 275/357 (77.03%) after Rd 19, 2022.