Cheap and Easy Ideas to make Shooting Practice more fun

As a kid I spent a lot of time in my barn shooting pucks. Sometimes I would get tired of shooting at the same four targets (or I would break the targets) so I would always try to think of ways to make target practice a bit more fun. One of my better inventions was a goalie that I made using a sheet of plywood and a jigsaw (being a farm kid I was using power tools around the same time I learned basic math). Eventually I destroyed the goalie, first he lost his goalie stick, then his glove side hand, then his head, but it was a lot of fun shooting on it and creating it.

In this article and video I aim to spark your creative side and help make shooting more fun. In the video I give you a few ideas that just came to me while I was at the dollar store. Below the video I will give you even more things you can use as targets that are FREE.

Fun Shooting Target Video

In this video I am shooting off the roll up shooting pad and using the EZ-Goal (link below)

More ways to add some razzle to your shooting practice

Here are a few more things you can shoot pucks at, all you need is some decent string

  • soup cans
  • milk jugs
  • pop bottles
  • pumpkins
  • old tires (great to use as a five-hole)
  • balloons
  • dryer (if you’re Sidney Crosby)
  • One more idea is to play music, music can put you in the zone and also keep you shooting for longer.

If you plan on taking a lot of shots I recommend the Ez-Goal with the backstop it gives you a few feet of extra room around the net, that way you don’t have to search for pucks as much. I use it on my net and it has saved me a lot of time and I am not worried about missing when I shoot top corner or bard down.

Leave your ideas for shooting practice in the comments section below

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  1. Reply Tony Hazelden March 8, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Hi Jeremy- what’s a cheap alternative to synthetic ice ? I’m looking for something to shoot off in the garage at home. Thanks

  2. Reply Leslee December 18, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I have always used milk crated and hung them in different places and if you hit the string hard enough the will fall

  3. Reply Bix August 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    hey can u just giv me a list of wht to get and by the way love your vid 🙂

  4. Reply Jason Cortney August 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hey guys, you have VERY good audio on this video and it doesn’t look like you are using a clip on mic. I am working on a video for a school project and would love your advice to get better sound? What do you use? Do you have an amazon link?

    BTW, I love your guys site! I play for my high school team and I am reading your site all the time to get tips and training advice. Keep posting articles and videos please!

    • Reply Jeremy August 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I use a Lav mic for some of the videos, basically if I will be more than 10 feet away from the camera I use a lav mic. It’s a WR pro

  5. Reply Gabby August 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    My dad has archery targets to practice with. I think that I am going to try and make some corner pockets for my net though, sometimes my sister comes out and plays goalie, so that is really nice having a goalie around. My net has also started to fall apart because it is only a 4×5 street net that is made for street balls and not hockey pucks. We got it last year and it is almost destroyed.

  6. Reply Ryan June 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Looks like fun! I REALLY want an EZ goal now! I have taken plastic pop bottles(571 ml) and poured a bit of paint inside then rolled the bottles… You get coloured coded targets of uniform size, and you just add a bit of water if it’s windy. They attach really easily, and are incredibly easy to replace!

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