Bulletin 19
The Punt Kick and more…

Hi Coaches
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.


  1. 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’).
  2. Long final stride to achieve optimum backward body lean which will prime the core musculature, particularly the abdominals (see Chapter 5).
  3. The high left arm and the delayed kicking leg. Result; Trunk rotators, oblique abdominals fully primed (see Chapter 6).
  4. ‘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).

  5. 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 hosford@thepuntkick.com We always appreciate your feedback.



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