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How Does The Wind Impact Kicking In The 'Shoe?

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    We always hear announcers commenting on the swirling winds at or near field level that kickers (and most players) have to contend with.  These winds are the result of wind shear.
    We always hear announcers commenting on the swirling winds at or near field level that kickers (and most players) have to contend with.  These winds are the result of wind shear.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -

We all know how much goes into making a kick in a football game successful: the snapper, the holder, the kicker, and the weather.

In Ohio Stadium, the stadium design can make a difference.

You know Drew Basil as the senior kicker for the Ohio State Buckeyes. But to us at NBC4, he's the senior intern in the weather office.

"I never look at the banner and flags over C deck. Those winds pass over the stadium and do not bother me. I look at the tape attached to the goal posts. Often, they will be directly opposite the flags above," Basil said.

"There are openings in the southeast and southwest corner of the stadium. Oddly, this is the last year these holes to allow air in will exist as 2,500 new seats will fill that in for next season. So wind can funnel into the lower levels of the field from these openings," said Storm Team 4's Ben Gelber.

"As they come in, they are swirled around, and circular winds play havoc on kicking," Basil said.

When Basil is blasting kicks from 50 yards out, when winds are from a southerly component, he has to adjust to the swirling winds.

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