Omaha Red Sox wrote:
A kickoff is from the 40 yard line (NFL I think
), so it is far from an 80 yarder. It's a 60 yarder if they are able to clear the endzone chalk. And the posts are higher than the chalk.
Actually, I think they kick from the 30 now, plus the endzone is an extra 10, so there is your 80 yards.
The tee height does make a difference. I remember they lowered it I think from 2" to 1" (or something like that) to reduce kickoff lengths. It worked for awhile, but then they eventually moved the kickoff point back from the 35 to the 30.
Just like in golf, the higher tee allows you to get that trajectory everyone is talking about. Instead your foot moving parallel to the ground and the ball ascending at a different angle than what your foot is travelling, your foot can now move along the same plane as the ball trajectory, thus causing more force to transfer from your foot to the ball.
Of course, the other things mentioned also are a factor. I just wanted to point out that the tee is not entirely meaningless and does improve distance.