After the recent NFL Combine we have learned just about every possible measurable statistic for potential athletes to go into the NFL. Coupling this with the information from “Tebowmania” sometimes the immeasurables, the intangibles are able to find you a place in the league and keep you in a starting role. Working back to kicking, an immeasurable that can set you apart from others is the ability to kick under pressure. On the opposite side the ability to not handle pressure can push kickers to potentially losing their job. Ask Nate Kaeding, his 3 of 9 kicks made to kicks missed in the playoffs has plenty clamoring for his release.
So if excelling in pressure kicking can set you apart from others how do you improve that aspect of your game? Simply, you have to make yourself nervous you have to place pressure on yoruself and feed on it. You have to embrace the adrenaline, the sweaty palms, the increased heart rate. Essentially you need to become a adrenaline junkie. It might be sick, it might be twisted, but to excel in pressure situations you have to be completely comfortable in those situations. So the more competition you place yourself in the more comfortable you become and the better you produce in live game pressure situation. If you think this these opportunities don’t manifest themselves check with new head coach of Ohio State University and see if he doesnt believe in this training and creating those situations.