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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Nathan Day One on One Lesson

On Saturday and Sunday Nathan Day and his father Tom Day visited Scottsdale, Arizona for some One on One Kicking Lessons. Nathan is a junior kicker at Mills High School in Millbrae, CA.

Nathan played in a game on Friday afternoon and was on a plane with his father that evening to Phoenix, Sky Harbor Airport to get some One on One Kicking Lessons.

Nathan has a soccer background but has never received any formal kicking instruction. Nathan enjoys kicking but has experienced some pain and inconsistency while kicking due to his kicking technique.

Nathan being a bright young man researched and Goggled kicking coaches and came up with my name. He said he loved watching all the video's on YouTube and also on my website, http://www.coachzauner.com/ and thought I was the man that he wanted to help him improve.

During the three One on One Kicking Lessons Nathan improved in many ways.

First, he became more consistent getting his steps for his 'Perfect Triangle'.

Second, he started to kick up and through the ball finishing his kicks by using his hip muscles.

Third, he was getting much better foot to ball contact by locking his ankle and knee and lifting with the hip muscles and skipping down field.

Fourth, he was finally keeping his eyes down on the ball and kicking the sweet spot of the football which ultimately gave him a better rotation on the ball and more distance and accuracy.

The fifth and final element Nathan improved on was his kickoff technique. Tom, Nathan's father had noticed that he was very inconsistent with his kickoff approach, which resulted in inconsistent kickoffs.

We took the information that help Nathan improve his field goal technique and incorporated several elements to help Nathan improve his kickoff technique.

I had Nathan work on a two, four and six step kickoff approach. I emphasized two basic fundamentals, consistent steps and a consistent 'Perfect Plant'. Nathan all of a sudden was making better contact kicking the ball. Nathan's kickoffs not only had a better rotation but the balls were flying straighter down field with more distance.

Nathan had a big smile on his face and was now a happy camper.

Nathan's father (Tom) was elated that he took the time to bring his son to Scottsdale for some One on One Lessons.

His son after three lessons was now kicking the balls straighter and further and with better technique.

Tom's major concern was answered when after three lessons with a lot of kicking, Nathan's groin and hip problem had not flared up. Good technique always eliminates or prevents injuries.

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