How to Kick a Field Goal

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When kicking a field goal in football, it's important to have a positive mental strategy, to keep a routine and to line up two steps back from the kicker. Discover how to clear the line of scrimmage as a kicker with help from a former NFL football player in this free video on playing football and football techniques.

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Hi I'm Gary Reasons, former NFL linebacker and this topic is about how to properly kick a field goal. Well if you are the kicker on your team and you have a chance to win you have to either put points on the board or even win the game for your football team so you have got to be in the proper frame of mind at any time because your number could be called at any time throughout the ball game. So to have a good positive mental strategy of how you are going to perform is important when you go out there on the field. Remember prior to going out there you should always be practicing on the sideline, going through your routine, going through your steps which are very key to kicking the football. So really what you do as you are going to line up roughly about two steps back from the kicker. Most kickers today are conventional soccer style kickers and they will have their front foot, if you are a right footed kicker, your first step is going to be made with your left foot and then your right foot and you will step into the ball and kick the ball at an angle just like you would a soccer ball. It is important to get loft on the football because you want to clear the line of scrimmage and not allow the defensive players to block that kick. So it is important that you have routine, consistency much like a golf swing or a baseball swing a kicker has to swing his leg routinely at the same spot, to be able to get the ball up in the air and through the goal.

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