NFL Veterans Doug Brien (Who is Doug?) and Tommy Barnhardt (Who is Tommy?) help get you started with kicking and punting tips, from the beginner to advanced.
If you would like to be a better kicker, let Doug teach you the basics >>>
If you would like to be a better punter, let Tommy teach you the basics >>>
If you are ready for more advanced options, let's look at ways to further improve your skills...
- Sign up for a Premium
membership with Kicking.com for only $3.99 per month
To expand upon your personal webpage, we have developed numerous ways to
improve your kicking and punting. Punting expert
Tommy Barnhardt and Kicking expert Doug
Brien have put together an entire workout program that will optimize
your training, along with specific kicking and punting drills, a lifting
program, diet recommendations and stretching routines. Just follow along, and
you'll know you're on the right track with how the pros train. Premium
memberships also give you access to video training clips from Doug and Tommy,
Recipes for Success from other pro kickers and punters, guest articles from
other kicking and punting experts, charting program to measure your performance in practice, and much more!
- Attend an Approved Kicking/Punting Camp and receive instruction, validated stats and compete against others
Most of our approved Kicking/Punting Camps get calls from coaches asking about
their top performers every year. If you do not attend a camp, it is unlikely you
will be noticed or recommended. By attending a camp and competing against the
best in your area, you can determine exactly how good you are, or where you need
to improve. The competitions at camps are great mental preparation for game
situations. Many of the online profiles and official stats that get sent to
coaches can often seem "too good to be true". If you get your stats validated
using our forms, from an approved camp, you have stronger support for your
abilities, as someone who is unbiased has signed their name stating that you can
indeed kick a 50-yard FG in practice with no wind, or hit a punt with 5-seconds
of hang time. These results will be posted on your webpage for the coaches to
- Get your highlight tape reviewed by Kicking.com
Doug Brien and Tommy Barnhardt get asked all the time to recommend the top
kickers and punters they know. Since they cannot attend many camps or provide
private lessons to everyone, the next best thing is to
send your highlight tape to them for their expert review. Tommy and Doug
will analyze your technique and give you honest assessments of your strengths
and weaknesses, and post these on your webpage for coaches to view. You will
receive a signed copy of the form, so you have some areas to improve upon. We
will also make suggestions on what needs to be included on your highlight tape
to get college and professional coaches attention, based on feedback we have
received from them over the years. Doug and Tommy
will then be able to talk honestly with coaches about your skills and your
chances of being successful at the next level.
- Order products from the Kicking.com store
Doug Brien and Tommy Barnhardt have developed many of the items in the store, as a way to greatly improve their own skills, which allowed them to last more than a decade each in the NFL. Look through our products to figure out how to increase leg strength, accuracy and flexibility (to name a few).
- Improve your mental training by reading books
As you mature in your skills, the physical differences between you and your competition become less obvious.
The difference is the mental approach to the game. If you do not currently practice the mental side of the game, you are putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage!
Read some of the recommended books from Doug Brien, which will give you an advantage over your competition!
- Private Lesson from Doug Brien or Tommy Barnhardt, and have them provide your expert comments on your webpage
In private lessons, Tommy and Doug will spend time on
whatever you want. However, it is most beneficial to take a holistic
approach. In a full-day session, a typical session would cover the following:
* Evaluate your kicking/punting
and make the necessary technical changes. They don't want to change
anyone's style. They will simply make sure that your fundamentals
are solid and make suggestions that you can incorporate into your
* Work on specific drills that will
help you improve your weaknesses.
* Teach you a number of drills that
you should incorporate into your normal training routine.
* Teach you our normal warm-up
(stretch out strap routine) as well as the
Power Kicker routine. (I
will give you both packages)
* We will go over mental drills and
techniques (you will get a complimentary copy of Doug's CD,
to Kick, or Tommy's Punt-N-It as a reference).
Importance of Private Lessons, from Doug Brien...
"When I was in college, I flew down to San Diego to
have a private lesson with Gary Zauner (now NFL special teams coach). I did this
after my sophomore year in college. I went from kicking 71% to 89% in my junior
year and 86% in my senior year. Although it was expensive to fly to Gary for
a private lesson, it was the best investment my dad ever made, I learned
more during those lessons than any camp could teach me. The time I spent with
him helped me to take my performance to the next level. In fact, I got so much
out of the lessons I went down a total of four times - once after every season
so I could have some new things to work on for the upcoming off-season. Gary
even helped me by talking to NFL teams. His recommendation ultimately helped me
become drafted by the 49ers in the third round. This is why I am offering the
same service that helped me so much. I personally would much rather spend time
coaching highly motivated kickers one-on-one or in small groups than holding a
camp and coaching twenty kids at the same time."
Upon completion of the private lesson, add us as your "Expert" on your webpage,
and our comments will get high exposure on the search results and high
credibility from the coaches when they are searching the database. Contact Doug or Tommy
for more information on pricing and locations.
- Small Group Lessons with Doug or Tommy
Private lessons can be fairly expensive. If you are
highly motivated and have potential to play in college or the pros, these
lessons can be the best investment you ever make. So, in that sense they are
cheap. However, if the lessons are too expensive, I have an alternative:
small-group lessons. I will give a one-day lesson to a group of five kickers
with similar skill levels. We will spend time on all of the things I would do in
a private lesson except you are sharing the lesson with a few other kickers. In
a way this format can work out even better because you can learn from and
compete with the other kickers.
The small-group lessons will be held in the San
Francisco Bay Area. I hope to host both kickers from the Bay Area as well as
kickers from out of town. Southwest Airlines usually has very reasonable rates
to Oakland, CA. Kickers from out of town can catch a commuter flight and stay at
a hotel near the airport. I can pick you up the morning of the lesson and take
you back when we are done.
Furthermore, I will hold sessions for high school
kickers at UC-Berkeley. In the afternoon I will hold a kicking contest and
either the special teams coach and/or recruiting personnel will come out to
evaluate the kickers in my session. These sessions will be used as a recruiting
tool for Cal. (As a Cal alumni, I want Cal to be stocked with great kickers). If
you are interested in small-group lessons, let me know what month you would like
to come out and what your skill level is.
- Talk to Doug or
Ask them anything related to kicking or punting to learn from their experiences.
These guys have been through it all, and they can help provide you with valuable
|The kicking video for this month has really helped me! I have wanted to focus on being able to be more consistant from long range. Thanks!|
-- Kicking.com member
Doug and Tommy's Frequently Asked Questions: "I can easily kick 20 and 25 yard field goals consistently. The ball looks to be good from another 20 or so yards back, but as soon as I move back to kick, the ball falls short. Is this a mental problem or should I do drills to increase distance? I think that it is partly mental because the farther I get from the uprights, the less confident I feel. What do you think?" -- Click here to read our answer