Just as most professional golfers have a dedicated swing coach, many professional kickers have a kicking coach. Even professional kickers need an evaluation of their kicking technique from a professional kicking coach from time to time. This past week I had the opportunity to train Marco Capozzoli who is the kicker for the Arena Football League’s Jacksonville Sharks. Marco flew out to San Diego, California for 4 days of private kicking lessons with me. We were able to work on everything from basic kicking fundamentals to advanced kicking drills that helped him hit longer kickoffs with greater hang-times by the end of the week. Also, Marco’s field goals noticeably got straighter as the week went on and his field goal kicking process became automatic without any thought or second-guessing of himself. Perhaps the most important result of this week’s kicking lessons was the fact that Marco improved his confidence and this tune-up kicking lesson got him ready to go for his 2011 season.
Marco enters his 2nd season in the Arena Football League and hopes to build on his successful rookie campaign where he went 100% on field goal attempts for the AFL’s Tulsa Talons. Be sure to follow the Kicking World blog, visit our website and view our YouTube videos for additional kicking footage of Marco. You can gain insight into his progress and follow his professional kicking career.
I’m excited for Marco’s future and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to coach him. Watch this instructional kicking video of Marco and I during our 4 days of kicking lessons in San Diego. The kicking video includes Marco kicking field goals up to 55 yards long and 75 yard kickoffs with 4.0+ seconds hang-time into the wind!