Some terminology that I often quote when providing player instruction or analysis. Here Jonny Wilkinson shows us great balance at heel strike. Note, like a rubber band pulled back, his kicking muscles are on full stretch, about to transfer energy into kick execution.
Place Kicking –
* Ball Address: Quite simply the act of placing the rugby ball on the kicking tee. An often overlooked element whereby the setting of launch angle and direction of ball are established.
* Launch Angle: Refers to the angle at which the ball is ‘set’ on the kicking tee. Jonny Wilkinson adopts an approximate (upright) 80 degree launch angle whilst Christian Lealiifano prefers about 60-65 degrees to launch his rockets.
* Marking Out: As the name suggests, the physical measuring out of steps in the player’s routine. Will finish at the ‘gather’ position.
* Gather Position: The ‘resting’ position after steps have been marked out. The time/place which a player will take in target, gather before making approach to the tee.