This is a great warm-up drill that will help us loosen up our kick-off muscles as well as working on our technique, all without the use of a football. Keep in mind that kick-offs (KO’s) are quite taxing on the quads, glutes, hips, and back so be sure to stretch adequately before going 100% into this phase of kicking.
This drill basically consists of going through your KO motion without a football or tee. You can do 1 dry kick, or 100 (though not recommended). It is up to you when you feel in alignment and properly warmed up.
What we want to focus on with our dry KO’s is our “hurdle” follow-through. It should go without saying that all of the other kicking basics apply here as well. The hurdle follow-through takes our kicking leg up and over an imaginary hurdle that is right in front of our ball. As stated in the technique section, the main difference between field goals and KO’s is that we land on our kicking foot with KO’s.