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Kicking and Punting Books

Kicking and punting require great discipline and mental strength. After you surpass the physical aspects of kicking a football, the only thing that separates you from your competition is mental. Luckily, mental strength can be practiced and learned like any other skill. These books below will give you a good start.

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Title

Author

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Sports
Psyching
Thomas Tutko & Umberto Tosi Best introduction to the mental game
Golf is Not a Perfect Game Bob Rotella Replace “club” with “leg”, and this book makes an excellent teaching tool for the mental game of kicking
Zen
Mind, Beginners Mind
Shunryu Suzuki Very deep reading – must be read several times
The
Miracle of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hahn A simple yet insightful book worth reading
Zen
and the Art of Archery
Eugene Herrigel Great analogy for kicking. I have read it 5 times.
Zen
in the Martial Arts
Joe Hyams Not as good as Archery, but worth checking out

Sadaharu
Oh – A Zen Way of Baseball
Sadaharu Oh & David Falkner A great autobiography by an inspirational man
Thinking
Body, Dancing Mind
Chungliang Al Huang One of my all-time favorites
Creative
Visualization
Ronald Shone Pretty good at teaching visualization techniques
The
Ultimate Athlete
George Leonard Very interesting – philosophical not instructional

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