NOVA

Why Kicking a Field Goal is Harder Than it Looks

Clip: Season 46 | 3m 28s Video has closed captioning.

Kicking a field goal seems pretty straightforward: you just kick the ball as hard as you can between the goal posts at the back of the end zone. But if it were that easy, then kickers would almost never miss. Join physicist Tim Gay and semi-pro football kicker Hermes Lima as they explain all the factors that go into kicking a successful field goal.

Aired: 02/06/19

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS …

Sponsored By:

NOVA Polar Lab

Want more science?

NOVA Polar Lab

The interactive NOVA Polar Lab uses 360 videos, interviews with scientists, and mini-games to send players on an immersive quest to understand how the poles are key to understanding Earth’s climate—past, present, and future.

Play the Lab