Kickoff Steps and Ball Placement (Instructional Video Snippet)by Mike Hollis
Kicking and Punting are very intricate skills and require incredible attention to detail! Many relate kicking motions to the golf swing and there are very close similarities. However, kicking and punting involve full body movements which make these skills even more difficult to master than even golf! So, we’ve come up with a very unique analogy to relate a different sport most comparable to the way we believe kicking and punting really are! Learn how we use the mechanics of “Horse Polo” to teach proper kicking and punting fundamentals!Having experienced playing at the highest level of football for 9 years and being chosen to play in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, I know first hand what it takes to be an All Pro Kicker in the NFL! I have learned the proper fundamentals from my long time mentor, and senior ProForm Kicking Academy Coach, Jim Gaetano. Coach Gaetano and I have also helped develop NFL athletes like kicker Nick Novak of the San Diego Chargers and All Pro Punter Brian Moorman of the Buffalo Bills, as well as a number of AFL and Division 1 college level kickers and punters!Here at ProForm Kicking, we are extremely detailed in our technique philosophies and we are very prideful in the success we’ve had, not only with our personal achievements, but our coaching as well! We take on a much different approach to the “common sense” type of kicking as we focus on a process which allows the athlete to take advantage of 100% of their body kicking the ball, which ultimately leads to more power and consistency using a much more “smooth” technique!There are hundreds of kicking and punting instructional videos on the market today, developed by a variety of athletes who have played at various levels of football. Because of the level of personal kicking and coaching success, and our different philosophies, ProFormKickingAcademy offers a variety of video clips that are unlike any others out there! Learn the most productive and efficient way to kick and punt, with “Pro” Form Kicking!
Coach Mike Hollis began his kicking career back in 1985 serving as the kicker on his junior high school football team and continuing throughout high school, college and eventually the NFL. After high school, Coach Hollis chose to play at the community college level and eventually walked on at the University of Idaho (Division 1-AA). He began his professional career in 1994 with the San Diego Chargers (pre-season only) and retired in 2003, spending 7 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 year with the Buffalo Bills, and 1 year with the New York Giants. During that time Coach Hollis: * Connected on 200 of 250 field goals (80%)* Scored 879 points* Had a consecutive streak of 20 field goals* Was voted AFC Special Teams Player of the Week 7 times* Was selected to the 1998 Pro Bowl after leading the NFL in scoring with 134 points* Had his best season in 2000, converting on 24 of 26 field goals (92.3%), even when he missed 4 games after his second of 3 back surgeries. Mike presently holds some very impressive rankings in NFL history. He is in the top 5 of highest percentages in field goals over 50 yards (13/19, 68.4%); top 10 in accuracy over 40+ yard field goals (63/92, 68.5%); top 5 in field goal accuracy in the playoffs (16/18, 88.8%); and top 20 in overall field goal accuracy (80.0%). Throughout his career, Mike has been in the presence of many legendary kickers and punters. He has learned from these individuals and even worked with a number of them as well. Bryan Barker (Punter, Pro Bowl '98, 16 years, retired), Chris Hanson (Punter, Pro Bowl '02, 11 years, retired), Brian Moorman (Punter, 2 time Pro Bowler '06, '07, 9 years, active), Jeff Feagles(Punter, Pro Bowl '09, 22 years retired), Todd Peterson (Kicker, 12 years, retired), John Carney(Kicker, Pro Bowl '95 & '09, 21 years, retired), Darren Bennett (Punter, 2 time Pro Bowler '96 & '00, 11 years, retired), Joe Zelenka (Snapper, 11 years, retired), and David Binn (Snapper, San Diego, 17 years, retired), are just a few of the very successful specialists that Mike has worked with. Mike has created the reputation among many NFL kickers and coaches as having one of the most efficient and smooth kicking forms during his career.