How to Raise the Puck and improve your accuracy

how to lift the puck

by Jeremy Rupke on January 19, 2014

The first thing any hockey player wants to learn (when it comes to shooting) is how to lift the puck. The problem is many players try all kinds of different methods and try anything and everything to raise the puck. In this article I am going to teach you the proper technique for lifting the puck that can also be used in the wrist shot, snapshot and other shots.

The great thing about this technique is that it is also used to help control the accuracy of your shot, and accuracy is one of the most  important aspects of every shot.

How to Lift the Puck in 2 easy steps

how-to-lift-hockey-puckTips for lifting the puck

  • Start with the blade cupping the puck to keep the puck from coming off your stick
  • Roll your wrists to open the blade, this will allow the puck to lift off the ice
  • Push down with your top hand, and pull up with your bottom hand to add some power
  • If you are further from the net you will need to roll your wrists in the follow through, this will allow you to lift the puck, but also control its height

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Jeremy Rupke

Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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dirk miranda January 22, 2015 at 3:04 pm

They need to stop with that heavy rubber bullet puck that can knock yur teeth out and start using the street hockey plastic balls and paint them black for the nhl.


Ben April 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hey guys!
I bought a small sized shooting pad to practice my shot in my drive way. I shot over 100 pucks every day and my shot quickly improved. I was especially impressed with my slapshot so I tried a shot during a game. The shot flipped along the ice, missed the net and went significantly slower than my shot on the shooting pad. I can’t get my shot off the ice, there’s no accuracy and it goes so slow. Help!


Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm

It takes some adjustment once you get on the ice. There is a bit of a difference, you won’t get it right away, but after a few warmup shots you should be able to transfer what you learned off the ice onto the ice

Ryan April 7, 2014 at 1:38 am

Thanks Jeremy, your tips on this work very well.
Do you shoot the puck off the toe or middle of blade when roofing it from close range?


Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Usually I release it off the middle, but it can come off the toe at times as well.

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Geoff February 4, 2014 at 8:16 am

What a great rink, is that in Gravenhurst?


Jeremy Rupke February 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Close, Port Sydney

Richard January 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Another great video Jeremy! Thanks! I bought your stick handling guide and Goalie buster video. Both excellent. PS nice rink.


Sean January 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

Hey Jeremy. I play Hockey in Doha Qatar and I really enjoy your helpful tips as a 11 year old, but there’s one move I really want to learn and that is the power move where you come down 1 on 1 and do that Nash- like move. I will be looking for that fabulous article. Thank you.


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