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THE BASICS OF KICKING

by Doug Brien

My kicking career began my senior year of high school. I played soccer my entire life and planned to play in college. Because my high school team was so successful and my dad thought I might be good, I decided to give kicking a try. In the beginning the only thing I had going for me was a strong leg; my technique and consistency were terrible.

When I moved on to playing at UC Berkeley, I was fortunate to get some good coaching from Steve Mariucci (now head coach of the 49ers) and Gary Zauner (now special teams coach for the Minnesota Vikings). After I learned the proper basic techniques, I could begin the arduous task of transforming myself from a soccer player kicking a football to a real placekicker. It took many years of hard work, but I definitely feel like it all paid off.

The techniques I outline on this site and on my CD-ROM (it goes into a lot more detail) are the basic fundamentals that I feel are important for every kicker to utilize. I learned these techniques over the course of my career and have made them an integral part of the way I kick. There is no one proper kicking style (as many coaches like to tell you); however, these basic fundamentals need to be integrated into your own individual style.

The instructions I give for placekicking on this site are in three parts:

 


Never let a missed kick interfere with your next one. Have you ever taken statistics? The probability of getting heads when you flip a coin never changes - even if you hit heads ten times in a row. This means that each flip of the coin is independent. It's the same with kicking. Even if you miss three kicks in a row, those three kicks have nothing to do with the next one. Those three kicks will only affect your next one if you allow it to
-- Doug Brien

Doug and Tommy's Frequently Asked Questions: "What is the "ideal" steps to take when kicking off?" -- Click here to read our answer

 

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