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December 2002

December 2002


Straight Through the Uprights

Proper Approach, Angle and Distance for Kickers
by: Paul Perrone
Kicking Coach, SUNY Morrisville
© December 2002

History
As field goal percentages at the pro level have risen in the last 10 years, kickers’approach angles have become narrower and the steps back shorter. Soccer-style kicking took the sport by storm in the 1960s because it utilized torque to create added power. But it wasn’t until kickers began to “manage” their torque properly that soccer-style kickers’ field goal percentages soared into the mid- and high 90s. Kicking schools were onto something as early as the mid-1980s: If you could distribute your weight up the field instead of spinning in place on the follow-through, accuracy and power would improve dramatically.

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