Good plant foot positioning is critical to kicking consistent and accurate field goals.  It is your anchor to the ground when kicking and sets up the rest of your body to make the kick, or miss it. Good plant foot positioning may come as second nature to some but to others it can be a bit more difficult. We have put together The Plant Foot Guide to help you learn good technique and answer your questions about plant foot positioning.

How Deep Should My Plant Foot Be?

It will be a different depth depending on if you’re using a 2″ tee, 1″ tee, or kicking off the ground. It will be deepest if your kicking off the ground and more shallow if you’re using a tee. Take a look at the pictures below to determine what depth your plant foot should be at.

 

How Far From the Football Should It Be?

Like depth, the distance depends on if your using a tee or kicking off the ground. When kicking off the ground your plant foot will be about a foot length from the football and when using a 1 or 2 inch tee it will be slightly wider.

 

Does It Matter If My Plant Foot Is Pointing To the Field Goal?

Yes. Your plant foot aligns your hips to the target which will increase your power and accuracy when kicking field goals.

 

Are There Drills I Can Do To Improve My Plant Foot Positioning?

Yes. To work on proper plant foot positioning set up the football and place two strips (one parallel to the field goal and the other perpendicular to it) of tape where you want your plant foot to land. start with one step kicks making sure your plant foot is landing in the box. Later you can move on to your Full Step Kicks.

17 Responses to “The Plant Foot Guide”

  1. I’m 15 and have the leg strength to make reasonable field goals,(45max. I practice everyday after school and I just can not seem to get my form right. Either my hips are pointing left or right, my follow through is not straight or my contact with the ball is with the toe. Mostly need advice on ball contact and drills, I have the concept down but always end up hitting it with the toe first, Any tips, Ideas for improvement?

  2. I’m 15 and I started on varsity as a sophomore. Now we are just starting to practice a little bit and I’m so inconsistent. I made 2 kicks the whole day. I’m worried I’ll lose my spot. What can I do

  3. Kendall Atkins says:

    I’m twelve years old and I can kick a 30yard field goal with acuracy but when I go an farther the ball wobbles and veer right.(I kick with my left foot) right now I’m using a1inch tee when should I move to the ground.

    • As a high school kicker, I recommend you kick farther up on the sweet spot of your foot, where your bone has the largest surface area (away from your big toe). This way you can create more power and the ball will be less likely to go the opposite direction. Also make sure your hips and plant foot face the field goal. I would say stay with a one inch tee until you reach the Freshmen or even J/V level in high school.

  4. Ryan Russell says:

    hi I am 13 and can kick a 25-30 yard fieldgoal (Depending on the day im having) but I cant seem to get height on the ball I seem to barely get it over the post every time. Any suggestions? I have been practicing the 7 yard drill for height but it does not seem to help.

  5. So I haven’t kicked in awhile and I want to get back into it. I saw your drills and what not and I was wondering when I do those how often I should do them.

    • AmericanKicker says:

      I would kick at most every other day, taking a day or two to recover when needed. Once you’ve warmed up start with the no step and one step drills as they help ease you into a full kick. I try to do many, if not all, of the drills in a workout. Can’t stress this enough though, try not to over kick or you’ll probably get injured, especially when starting up again (learned this the hard way). I’d only take about 4-6 kicks for each drill at about 80% your first few days. Good luck getting back into it

  6. I’m 17 and my longest practice field goal is 58 Yards but in the games i can’t hit even the simple ones. I cant tell if its me or my holder. I’m also a senior and trying to kick in college.

    • AmericanKicker says:

      Ask if your holder is willing to practice with you as it will help the two of you develop a rhythm. The holders job is to catch the snap and place the ball on the spot you designated (with the tip of your toe) straight up and down leaning slightly towards himself, laces towards the field goal. If he’s not doing this then it’s not all you. The more you practice the stronger your muscle memory will be and the less the stress will effect your game. I Apologize for the late reply and wish the best as you take the next step.

  7. Hey. I’m a place kicker for my varsity team and I been having trouble with my mental game. How exactly should I get mentally prepared to kick in a game? Also my accuracy has been off. I tend to miss left and I dob’t know why really. I have done drills but not much work is getting done. Please help and have a nice day!

    • Hi Nic,
      As kicking technique varies from kicker to kicker so does the mental game. For me, it starts with having the confidence that your body will make the kick. You get that from the hours of smart practice, drills, and workouts. Then all I do is “not think” and let my muscle memory take over. Even though I’m “not thinking” my brain is still focused, not on the outcome but on hitting the sweet spot. starting from when I’m on the sideline to when the ball is snapped, all I do is imagine my foot making contact with the sweet spot of the football. This helps direct my focus to the kick and not on what will happen if I make or miss it. This is what I did for my first game winner and the method has me at 2/2 on game winning field goals. As far a missing left, most kickers will look up to early causing their bodies to “over rotate” and thus miss left. Try keeping your eyes on the ball even after you’ve kicked it (i.e. you should still be looking at the ground were the ball was). Hope this helps and good luck this season!

  8. I am 15 and my farthest feild goal is a 50 yarder. Is that good for my age?

    • That’s a great distance for a fifteen year old! Don’t stop working on it though, go for sixty. Also remember that distance alone doesn’t win games, you need consistency too. Ever try the upright drill? Try and hit the upright from about 20 yards away. That’s the drill, Sounds easy until you try it but it can really help improve your accuracy and consistency. Keep in mind, the over all goal of the drill is not to hit the upright but to practice good technique. 50 yards is much more than I was kicking at your age.

      • What drills/exercises do you recommend so I can kick farther and hit sweet spot more often? I have kicked a 50 yarder by myself a few times when I barely felt the ball off my foot but most of the time I will miss a 45 yarder short because I kicked it wrong. I usually just practice aiming by kicking in the field goal but I am disappointed because I would like to hit 65 yard kickoffs and 50 yard field goals consistently. I just turned 16 and would like to go D1.

  9. this website helped me allot, but i can only kick a 30 yard field goal and im 15. what drills, workouts, or exersices can i do to be able to kick farther?

    • Glad its helped. 30 yards is a normal distance for your age and naturally you’ll gain distance as your body matures. The quickest way to gain 5-10 yards is by cleaning up your technique – its surprising how much of a difference using your hips like a gate can make. I’ve never seen you kick so I can’t tell you what to fix but part of being a kicker is also being your own coach. Check out the bookFootball Kicking and Punting as there is little, quality, information available online. When it comes to exercises a mix of running and long/short distance sprints can be very effective. When running, run for distance. When sprinting, try some victories; start at the goal-line on one side of the field, sprint to the back of the end-zone on the other side, and then sprint back to the goal-line where you started and you’ve done a victory. For short sprints try some sub 60s; start at the goal-line and sprint to the 20 yard mark and back, do it two more times all under 60 seconds and you’ve done a sub 60. Do not run for distance on Monday and then run sprints on Tuesday. Leave at least one day in between for your muscles to recover. If you clean up your technique, run, and sprint you will add distance. Remember that your body has not reached its full potential and is still growing. Be patient, you have time, distance will come.

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