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.