Football Basics : How to Successfully Punt a Football

Uploaded by expertvillage on 02.12.2008

How you doing? I'm Ryan McCann, and I am going to show you how to punt a football. One of
the most important things in punting a football is how you drop the ball to your foot. Now,
listen to what I said. I said drop the ball to your foot. You don't want to throw the
ball. You'll see a lot of amateur punters kind of throw it up and kick it. Wrong. The
key to punting a football is getting it to land on a certain spot on your foot. Now that
can vary, but the idea is to hit it off the side of your foot about this part of the ball
to create a spiral trajectory that will carry the ball to its maximum distance. The way
to do that is by practicing. Just dropping the football. Once you get the drop down,
you'll be able to incorporate the kick into the ball. Be careful not to throw the ball
up. That's what will happen. Once you do that, the ball will turn and come down at a different
angle, and the last thing you want to do is kick the ball like this. First of all, the
punt's going to suck and it's going to hurt your foot. So, once you get the drop down
and you incorporate the kick; Wow, that was really far. Once you have gotten down how
to kick a football once you get in the game, you don't just magically have the football.
It gets snapped from the long-from the long snapper. You're standing there, and you've
got to be very diligent to pay attention because the ball is going to come and somehow it's
going to hit you in the chest. It comes over here, you've got to make a catch. You've got
to be an athlete. Catch the ball. Take; as you-as you're preparing the football for a
kick, you want, already want to be taking your step into kicking the ball. You don't
want to catch it, get it the way you want it, take the steps because by that time, it's
going to be a defender in your face blocking it. So, again, in a ready position, be an
athlete, the ball comes, boom, catch it, as you're stepping, turn it, boom. The punt is
off. God, I killed that one.