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Getting height on kicks
« on: November 01, 2015, 10:57:06 PM »
I am not a kicker. Don't know enough of the mechanics to teach it well. We have a good kicker who is struggling this year. He is getting no height on his kicks. They are all line drives and many don't get over the crossbar.

The hold is okay and the ball is straight up and down. The kicker had a bit of a knee problem with his plant leg, so I am not sure whether it is related to that or bad mechanics.

Where do we start with troubleshooting?

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Re: Getting height on kicks
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2015, 12:42:07 AM »
Simple

His plant foot is too far behind the kicking block and he isn't leading with his chest.

have your snapper, holder and kicker set up like they normally do. When the kicker is all set then have the holder move the block back away from the LOS 6 inches.

Tell the kicker to look at the block rather than the football when he kicks. This will subconsciously train his brain to see his plant foot.

Then if the kicker is right footed place a full water bottle in his left hand for him to hold. This will subconsciously drag his left arm and open up his chest.

10 reps and lose the water bottle. 10 more reps and the holder stop moving the block.

10 more reps....problem solved.
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Re: Getting height on kicks
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2015, 08:37:49 AM »
Simple

His plant foot is too far behind the kicking block and he isn't leading with his chest.

have your snapper, holder and kicker set up like they normally do. When the kicker is all set then have the holder move the block back away from the LOS 6 inches.

Tell the kicker to look at the block rather than the football when he kicks. This will subconsciously train his brain to see his plant foot.

Then if the kicker is right footed place a full water bottle in his left hand for him to hold. This will subconsciously drag his left arm and open up his chest.

10 reps and lose the water bottle. 10 more reps and the holder stop moving the block.

10 more reps....problem solved.

Thanks. I will give that a shot. I have been trying to have him keep his head down, but I will work on leading with his chest.

It seemed like a plant foot issue and our holder has been putting the ball towards the front part of the tee. I am working on that placement, but I will definitely have him focus on the tee.

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Re: Getting height on kicks
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2015, 07:47:17 PM »
Won our championship game today. Made all 3 kicks and won by 4. It was the difference in the game.

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Re: Getting height on kicks
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2015, 11:56:07 AM »
our holder has been putting the ball towards the front part of the tee.
That is definitely a problem - you want the holder to place the ball as close to the back of the tee as possible - if it's on the front of the tee, the kicker will either end up kicking the tee or making contact too high up on the ball.

BTW, congrats on winning the championship.  Glad to hear you got the problem worked out here and that it helped you win.

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Re: Getting height on kicks
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2015, 12:57:10 PM »
That is definitely a problem - you want the holder to place the ball as close to the back of the tee as possible - if it's on the front of the tee, the kicker will either end up kicking the tee or making contact too high up on the ball.

BTW, congrats on winning the championship.  Glad to hear you got the problem worked out here and that it helped you win.

I fixed that by painting the back half of the block white.  Gave the holder a better target to put the ball down on.