The banana kick comes off more of the inside of the boot with the ball spinning in the same direction as leg swings naturally. For the true checkside, the ball is held in the opposite direction & is kicked more off the outside of the boot with the ball spinning at an opposite direction to the swing of the leg. This enables the ball to have a greater curving effect thus opening up the face of the goals to give a larger goal face.
The punt first began to appear in the Victorian Football League in the late 1970s. Use of the kick was first popularised in South Australia in the 1960s by the Sturt Football Club coached by Jack Oatey who encouraged his players in the art of it. He himself was an exponent of the kick decades earlier in the SANFL . As SANFL players began to be recruited to Victoria in large number, the kick took on more widespread use at the top level by players such as Craig Bradley. It is now one of the most common techniques for goal-kicking from a narrow angle, and more recently has been used in field kicking with deadly accuracy by players like James Hird, but was most famously used by Peter Daicos
In rugby league, Newcastle Knights half-back Andrew Johns began to pioneer its use mid way through his career, where it was used to confuse the defensive side. He popularised it and became the banana kick's best exponent in the code.