Hi, I’m John Millar here with Expert Village
to teach you how to punt a football. The whole point of the punt is to get as much field
position as possible. You’re going for net punting yards. That means how far you kick
the ball past the line of scrimmage minus how far they return the ball. There’s a tradeoff
between distance kicked and hang time, how long the ball is in the air. You can kick
it really far, 70 yards, with a line drive and that gives their returner 20 yards untouched.
That gives them time to set people up, juke them and score a touchdown, possibly. So,
the 70 yard punt is not good because the net punt might be negative 30. They might get
into the end zone for a touchdown. So, it’s a tradeoff between how high you kick the ball
and how far you kick the ball. A good rule of thumb, especially for college or pro punter
is to get at least two tenths of a second longer hang time than distance. If you kick
it 40 yards you want a 4.2 second hang time or greater. Distance vs. Minimum Hangtime
35 yds 3.7 sec 40 yds 4.2 sec 45 yds 4.7 sec 50 yds 5.2 sec More hang time is always good.
If you have a short punt that only goes 30 yards then you want a 3.2 second hang time.
That’s because your coverage team doesn’t have as far a distance to travel down the
field, they’re a lot closer. That also means that when the returner comes up to catch it
he gets a little scared and more likely to call a fair catch. Let’s say you boom a punt
and hit one 50 yards. That means you need to have at least 5.2 seconds of hang time.
That’s a really long, high punt. What you don’t want to do is out kick your coverage.
You don’t want to have a great punt that gets returned so you have a bad net. You always
want to set your team up and put them in good position to gain a lot of field position to
give your defense a chance to work with something. Punting is all about the net punt and the
field position you gain for your team. That’s the trade off of hang time and distance. The
more hang time, the better.