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Football tips – learn the techniques of the no step punt

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The No Step Punt is the first technique that you will need to master to become a successful punter. You’ll find that you’ll use this technique most often when not having any room to punt the football (when backed into your own end zone) or when having little time due to a quick rush of defenders.

This is the most basic of punting methods. Additional steps and footwork, including the more advanced two or three step punts, can be added to this technique after you’ve become consistent with your fundamental mechanics. If you’re going to be a punter, this is the place to start!

Starting position for No Step Punt.

To begin a No Step Punt, hold the football in front of you so that one end is pointed toward you as it’s rotated to an eleven-o’clock position. Your arms should be extended straight out at the same level as your abdomen.

Practice dropping the ball from this position without punting the football. Repeat this as many times as it takes until you can consistently drop the football so that it bounces straight up after hitting the ground.

When finally ready to punt the football begin to swing your leg at the same moment that you drop the football.

Football tips   learn the techniques of the no step punt

Hitting the top of your foot.

When dropping the football you should give the ball a slight push forward in order to hit the top of your foot with the ball. At this point, practice dropping the ball so that the ball consistently hits the top of your foot. If you should punt the football with the outside of your foot it is possible that you’ll cause one of two reactions to the ball.

The first reaction is to cause the ball to move through the air in a spiral motion – very similar to what a Quarterback strives for with his throws. The drawback to this is that it makes it easier for the Punt Returner to catch the punt. Rather, you’d like to have your punted football rotating end-to-end. This rotation makes it more difficult to catch and makes it more probable that the Returner will fumble.

The second action would be for you to “shank” the football. This means that by kicking the football off the side of your foot its direction is not likely to be what you had intended. Rather, the football’s path would be toward the sidelines and out of bounds, gaining little distance in the process due to partial foot contact and the sideward, rather than forward, distance it will travel.

Basic No Step Punt mechanics.

When it comes to the No Step Punt, always keep you head down and your eyes on the ball. Any time that you lose focus on the ball your hand-eye coordination is hindered, causing you to shank the football.

Another important technique of the No Step Punt is the leg kick. You don’t want to swing your leg to the side. Rather, be sure to swing your leg straight up and in the direction of your shoulder on your kicking-side. Any time that your leg’s direction is anything other than perfectly vertical you run the risk of shanking the football.

Your upper body should remain vertical and not leaning backward. If leaning backward you’ve naturally forced your head away from a position that allows you to keep your eyes on the football. You’ve also diminished the amount of power you can put into the ball as your body is pulling away from the football rather than into it.

No Step Punt follow-through.

It is important to follow-through on your punt. What this means is that you should continue to swing your leg through the football after the initial contact. On your forward leg swing lock your leg with your toes pointing out toward your target. Upon contact with the football your leg should continue up and through the ball is it leaves your foot, eventually reaching a point above the height of your head.

The follow-through helps with both distance and accuracy as your momentum is continued through the ball rather than stopping abruptly – changing your direction and leg speed.

When utilizing the No Step Punt, your plant foot (non-kicking foot) should leave the ground during your follow-through. Depending on your age and skill level, this natural jump can be as much as twelve inches high. It is also probable that you’ll land several inches toward the direction of your punt from where your foot originated.

Don’t rush when learning your new techniques.

Before you move onto more advanced punting techniques it is important to learn consistent control and become comfortable with your No Step Punt mechanics. Set-up a practice net and practice regularly after you have done your warm-ups and stretching routines.

When learning any new technique start slowly and methodically gradually increasing your speed as you become more adept with the skill. To prevent tearing your muscles never punt the ball too rapidly or by using excessive force. You’ll find that with proper warm-ups, attention to details, practice and patience on your behalf you’ll be punting the football long and hard!