The Punt Kick and more…
Gratifying to receive an increasing number
of communications from you. Many thanks for your suggestions
and hope you will understand that we cannot reply to everyone.
However, while we continue to receive input from you, it is exasperating
to note from the media sport pages that inaccurate kicking still
requires a response from this website.
While surfing recently we stumbled
across an AFL sponsored coaching course and were flattered to
note that some of the information from our book ‘The Science
of Kicking’ was being used. We
accept this as a compliment and if it is to benefit young players
in the process of development we are suitably impressed!
It is a short
bulletin this week, but accompanied by photographs that
will reinforce the first order ‘core’ techniques so important
for our readers and young players to engage with time after
time. If we see it enough it might stick!
Both photographs show a player ‘on the run’ and demonstrate
that these players are addressing the 3 R’s, Rigor, Routine and
Repetition in training, so that ‘ball set and drop’ become automatic
and well controlled even when the player is under pressure.
- Dale Thomas’ little finger following the long seam of the
ball to ensure that the ball is near vertical with a slight
backward inclination so that it will nestle nicely into the
instep. (see Chapter1, ‘The Science of Kicking’).
- Long final stride to achieve optimum backward body lean which
will prime the core musculature, particularly the abdominals
(see Chapter 5).
- The high left arm and the delayed kicking leg. Result; Trunk
rotators, oblique abdominals fully primed (see Chapter 6).
- ‘Kicking muscles’, rectus femoris and psoas fully primed
as a result of the super hyperextension of the right hip, itself
a result of the long final stride (see Chapter 7).
- Toe of the kicking foot slightly pointed; not the result
of a conscious effort but instead an indirect result of the
calf musculature contributing to knee flexion. Do NOT force
it! (see Chapter 8).
Happy Coaching! And if you have any comments to make
regarding the punt kick or indeed any information on this website
please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org We always appreciate