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A stab punt is kicked with the same action as a tab kick/pass with the exception of the split second adjustment of kicking the ball just before instead of just after it hits the ground. This means the ball is kept in very tight to the body, in effect kicking the ball with the knee in front of the point of boot and ball contact. Of course you are leaning over the ball. The kick must be able to be accomplished running at full pace. The point of ball destination must be to the advantage of the player so he can run on to it and mark/catch it. You must estimate this and it must be in clear space preferable ahead of him. The tighter in you kick the ball the lower the pass will travel. The ball cannot be dropped vertically. In the old days, 1949, when muddy and variable surfaces were commonplace and the stab pass could not be kicked I invented the stab punt, An Australian Rules football Development. The following entry was in the Face to Face Exhibition at The Lilydale Museum, 13 October to 13 November 2011 Page 1 

Face to Face: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives 

 Muddy Conditions Countered. Johnson was outstanding in the mud with clever turning and accurate disposal, in muddy, windy and rain swept conditions. -Ringwood Mail, August1951 
 In 1949 Mt Evelyn football ground's surface was uneven and often very muddy. Studying Jack Dyer's drop-punt, 14-year-old Mt Evelyn player Jim Johnson adapted it into a field pass in 1948. Then, at 15, Jim invented and used a low, fast punt kick known as a 'stab-punt pass'. 
Jim used both the field pass and the stab-punt pass at full pace. Because the ball was kicked before it touched the ground, and stayed low, it was accurate in mud and windy conditions. Journalists didn't know what to call Jim's techniques. Frank Casey wrote in The Post on 8 September 1960, 'Johnson sent his delightful little drop punt pass direct to Manfield'. The same day Davey Crocket reported in the Ringwood Mail, 'Johnson should write a book on stab kicking - he has found the lost art'. 
Both kicks are in constant use today in Australian Rules football as they are suitable for fast play-on football.

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A stab kick in Australian rules is a kick that is very fast and low to the ground, usually not going above eye height.

The kick is very much like a very low drop kick - where the ball leaves one's hands and bounces momentarily on the ground, the kicking foot coming into contact with the ball the instant after the ball has made contact with the ground.

This is achieved by having fast movement of the foot through the football and having very little follow through, the toes pointed almost directly towards the ground at the point of contact with the ball. Further, unlike a drop kick, where the ball may be pointed at a 50 to 60 degree angle with the ground, when using the stab kick with almost no follow through of the leg, the ball is pointed at almost 80 degrees to the horizontal. Also, unlike the drop kick, the player's upper body remains primarily over the ball throughout the execution, whereas when going for more height and distance, as in the drop kick, the player leans back on the kick to maximize follow through.

The toes of the kicking foot should be pointed at the legs of your target player once you've kicked the ball.

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go to billy sheilds house and he will be in the bin around the corner scuming some pubes from the dead black cat.

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