TKS had an opportunity to work with Derek Kutz, place-kicker from the Rivercity Rage of the UIFL. The owners of the Rivercity Rage flew Derek out to San Diego (3/29) for help in his overall kicking technique. I am glad they did!
Although Derek is having a great season, he went 4-4 in his last game, there are some adjustments he needs in his technique.
Off the bat, I knew he had a strong leg! He was barely kicking and making 45-yard field goals.
Here are a few things we needed to work on: First he was crunching on contact, secondly he was kicking a more of a wedge style kick. I told him that it was not going to change over night and he needed plenty of drills to work on these elements.
Derek kicked about 40-50 field goals and was starting to him a better ball towards the end of the session. The biggest thing I told him was that he needed to build his stroke. Get his hips into the kick and things will be fine. I learned last year during my kicking with the San Diego Shockwave, that if you have a solid stroke you cant miss. Derek was receptive to my comments and wrote down all the things he needed to work on. I believe Derek can be an all-star in that league.
I hope to see him leading the league soon!