The aspect of my kicking events that I take most pride in, is the INDIVIDUAL coaching. My events are smaller in size and focus on getting the athletes better. I personally work with each and every person at the event to help them improve. The one thing I continually hear from parents and athletes is, "We've learned more with you in 1 hour than we have going to other kicking camps for years!" I take a lot of pride in comments like that. Currently, I might not be able to get my athletes the same level of exposure that a couple of the other kicking companies out there are getting (who have been around for 14+ years), but that is changing quickly! The athletes who come through TMKicking events are not only getting noticed, but are improving at the same time. My events are NOT set up to get as many athletes through the door as quickly as possible and send them on their way. We are developing young kickers, punters, and snappers who want to reach their goals of playing at the next level. More than 15 athletes from last years events have committed to play college football this Fall...a handful of them receiving scholarships.
GETTING PROPER INSTRUCTION
Kicking and Punting has become so competitive, that you must take advantage of everything that you can to help make you a better athlete and improve on your abilities and skills. The experiences that a proper “kicking coach” can share with you are invaluable! I wish I had the opportunity to have the knowledge that I know now when I began my kicking back in Junior High or could have trained with and gone to, like TM Kicking, in preparing me for my career. As an instructor, I can’t do the work for you, but I can show you how and help to get you there!
WHAT DO I TEACH?
I believe there is not a “RIGHT” or “CORRECT” way to kick or punt, however, there are basic principles and fundamentals that all kickers can use to help them hit a higher, straighter, and longer ball more consistently. It is important to understand your individual style so that you can make corrections and adjustments while kicking by yourself. You should always see the result of your kick and know why that was the result. Film yourself and STUDY it! Make note of those perfect kicks you hit and note why. What were you focusing on going into that kick? What did it feel like? A good kicking coach will help you to break down your kicking technique and understand your individual style.
Experience at Every Level
Over the course of the last 10 years, I have been very fortunate to have trained with, competed against, and studied film with some of the best kickers in the world! My knowledge of kicking has also come from a collaboration of my experiences. I have had many ups and downs during my kicking career. The ability for me to share the experiences I have gone through and had to overcome are probably my greatest asset as a coach. The basic principles and fundamentals of kicking that I talked about earlier are taken from many of the best kickers in both college and the NFL that I have seen and had the privilege to work with. I take notes in studying what each successful kicker does and has in common. I’ve also worked with eight different kicking coaches over the course of my career; so needless to say, I have seen many viewpoints. My biggest mentor and the person I credit the most for my knowledge of kicking is Ignacio “Nacho” Brache. Nacho was a great kicker at the University of California and went on to have a Pro career in the AFL. Nacho’s comprehension of kicking and punting is beyond anyone I’ve ever been around while his character and teaching style has helped shape me as an athlete and as a person.
TAYLOR MEHLHAFF BIOGRAPHY
High School Athletics
* - South Dakota Gatorade HS Player of the Year as QB & K/P
* - Riddell First Team All-American
* - USA Today All-American
* - 2004 Rivals.com #1 Ranked Prep Kicker
* - 2004 Scout.com #1 Ranked Prep Kicker
* - 2004 CSK Nation's Top High School Kicker
* - Two-Time All Big 10 Performer
* - Two-Time UW Special Teams Player of the Year
* - Lou Groza Award Semi-Finalist
* - 2007 SD Sportswriters Male Athlete of the Year
* - 2007 AFCA First Team All-American
* - 2007 Sports Illustrated.com All-American
* - 2008 University of Wisconsin graduate in Business Management
* - 2010 University of Wisconsin: Assisted with Specialists * - 2012 University of Tennessee: Special Teams Quality Control * - 2013 & 2014 University of Pittsburgh: Special Teams Graduate Assistant Coach * - 2015 University of Wisconsin: Special Teams Quality Control
* - Born: August 25, 1985
* - Hometown: Aberdeen, South Dakota * - Married to Ashlyn Falgout Mehlhaff
Watch College highlights of Taylor in action for Wisconsin!
Our mission is to help kickers attain their personal goals by giving them the insight on how to train both physically and mentally. Whether their goal is to be the starting kicker on their Freshman football team, or attain a Division I Scholarship, we will do whatever we can to help them fulfill those goals. We do not use a cookie cutter approach for educating our athletes. After professional evaluation, each kicker is given tailored techniques to help them reach their highest potential.