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"Flare your right foot out at a wider angle," he says. "Leave your hips and shoulders slightly open to the ball."
"Scoot out six inches," adds counselor Wayne Duplantis.
"Think about hitting the ball closer to the center," says Cole Ford, another counselor.
I say, "Thanks, guys." I think, Five or seven more helpful hints and I should have just enough to think about during this kick. Then, a miracle: My kick nails the upright with a deeply fulfilling plink, drawing astonished glances from my fellow campers. I consider low-keying the feat, as if to say, What's so surprising about that? Then I think, To hell with that. I clasp my hands together over my head. Later I will be glad I milked it. It will prove to have been my finest moment at kicking school.
I'm hot, I want to kick. To my annoyance, however, I find myself getting approximately a third as many repetitions as the Derdengers. This, I realize, is because they are so adept at a skill I once mastered but have since allowed to erode: cutting in line.
The twins are big Southern Cal fans, so they're thrilled to meet counselor Ford, USC's kicker. The Derdengers inform him that their sister, Kris, will attend USC this fall on a golf scholarship.
"Really?" says Ford. "What does she, uh...."
"Look like?" finishes Bryan.
"She's 5'7" and blonde," says Tim. "Go for it."