Football Square Toe Kicking Shoes
Football Square Toe Kicking Shoes
The Original Style "Square toe" football kicking shoe for straight on kickers! Leather upper and lower(sole) with detachable cleats. The search is over for Square-toe kicking shoes.
Please order the square toe kicking shoe 1/2 to a full size smaller than normal shoe size. This will insure a "tight" fit and maximize impact when kicking the football.
NOTE: Most sizes between 7 1/2 to 15 are generally available. Half sizes go only to 12 1/2. This shoe is a very specialized product and availability may be limited. We may sell out of a certain size at any time. Product is generally manufactered once a year and stock is normally at a maximum level in the month of July.
The Strider Square-Toe Kicking Shoe design is based on the "original style" square toe kicking shoe favored by legendary straight-on kickers for nearly a century! Since 1917, the "Square-Toe Kicking Shoe" was made to fit the kicking foot of the kicking leg similar to that of a regular shoe - with a "very slight" rise of the front toe area of the kicking foot. This natural angle of the kicking foot keeps the flat (square) facing of the kicking shoe in a more comfortable and consistent position for kicking the optimum spot of the football.
This same natural angle, designed into the Strider "Square-Toe Kicking Shoe" best positions the face of the kicking shoe to match the curvature of the football while the ankle of the kicking leg is in a "locked" position prior to impact. This enables the kicker to make solid contact with the "sweet spot," maximizing compression of the ball and thus, enabling greater accuracy, height and distance when kicking the football.
The leather (upper and lower sole) with detachable "male" cleats, is constructed to fit snug to ensure solid contact with the football at impact.
Simple design. Proven effective. The Strider Square-Toe Kicking Shoe!
Straight-on Kicking Instruction
The sweet spot of the football for straight-on style kickers is located approximately 1 ½ inches down from the football's widest segment. Kicking this area of the football is most effective for achieving the greatest height and distance.
There are numerous ways a straight-on kicker can align properly. The kicker should develop a consistent method to mark his steps off and thus achieve proper depth and alignment. Most importantly, the marking off of steps should be done the same way every time!
3steps Back DETERMINES DEPTH
The straight-on kicker must first position himself at the point of placement (tee or spot the ball will be held) and locate his target zone. He should then take the initial (3) steps back (beginning with his kicking foot) keeping the kicking leg, point of placement and target zone all in direct line. The plant foot (non-kicking foot) should be placed parallel to the kicking foot and also pointed straight ahead towards the target. It is important for the kicker to "toe the line" once the steps are completed. In other words, the kicking foot, point of placement and the target zone all should be aligned on the same imaginary line.
In order to achieve the proper depth, the kicker should mark his steps off every time! This will allow the kicker to start and finish in the same position each time and also provide consistency in the meeting of the foot with the ball.
A good stance will allow the straight-on kicker to get the ball off (kicked) quickly and accurately.
The two recommended ways to position the feet are:
1 Kicking foot forward. This stance is best for toeing the line.
2 Feet parallel.
Ball Position COACHING POINT:
The hold should be straight up and down with the laces ideally facing the target. The laces should not face the kicker.
When tilting the football backward the holder decreases the exposed portion of the sweet spot. An erect placement will allow the kicker to see the entire football, thus enabling him to hit just under the ball's middle to get maximum height and distance.
If the ball is spotted on the ground, the plant foot should be placed closer to compensate for the lowering of the ball. The first and second step should be directed straight ahead throughout the entire kicking motion.
To maximize power and to strike the ball’s sweet spot correctly, the ankle of the kicking foot must be locked with the toes a few inches higher than the heel.
On impact (with the plant foot pointed in the direction of the target), the kicking foot should kick through the football directly toward the target. At this time, the entire body is upright and all motion should be headed in the direction of the target.
At the moment of impact, the support leg will straighten, and power is generated up and forward from the ground. As the ball leaves the foot and the kicking leg begins its follow through, the support foot (plant foot) will rise up on the toes. The momentum of the leg swing will actually lift the plant foot off the ground, and it should skip forward in the direction of the target. Do not force this action; let it happen naturally!