Football - Mental Cue for Field Goals

Football - Mental Cue for Field Goals

Dick Moss

The uprights can seem awfully small when you're standing on the field ready to kick a field goal. Here's a mental cue used by Nate Kaeding of the San Diego Chargers. It increases his perception of the size of the target.

Kaeding runs onto the field at least 20 yards behind the spot from which he'll kick the ball. He takes a good look at the uprights from that distance, then approaches his mark. The kick will appear much shorter and the target much larger in comparison.

Reference: "SI Players, How it Feels: Kicking with a Game on the Line." Sports Illustrated, December 11, 2006.


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