Improve Your Shooting

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This page is meant to be a resource for any player looking to learn, or improve their shot. I cover the fundamentals of the shot in a series of videos, and also link to more resources for players looking for advice. My biggest advice for shooting is JUST KEEP SHOOTING. Your muscles have memory, and in order for them to get smarter you need to get repetitions. The more you shoot, the more fluent, consistent, accurate and powerful your shot will be. Knowing WHAT to practice will help you improve much faster

The building blocks of a good shot

In this video series I go over the 5 sources of power for a good shot

After the Basics

After you go through the videos above you might want some more advanced things to work on. Rest assured the information above is a lot to work on. The principles above can be repeated and practiced over and over, trust me for a good shot you need to take a lot of shots. I recommend 20 minutes or more a day.

Advanced Shooting Techniques

These are just a few different shooting techniques you can work on that vary from your standard shooting instruction

Two types of wrist shots

In hockey there are LOTS of ways to shoot the puck. The two main ways you will shoot are off your inside leg and outside leg. I explain more in the video below

The “wrong” way to shoot

Some old coaches will tell you not to shoot a certain way. I address that old way of coaching here.

How to Shoot like Phil Kessel

Kessel has the textbook snapshot (what I teach as the snapshot). In this video I break down his style of shooting

Learn each Type of Shot

I’ve made videos to teach each type of shot

  1. How to take a wrist shot – This is the first shot most players learn. I also include videos for improving power and release
  2. How to take a slapshot – The slapshot is the hardest shot to learn, spend a lot of time on it and focus A LOT on the technique. It will take a lot of bad shots before you start to get it.
  3. How to take a backhand – The backhand is VERY important to practice, as most goalies don’t expect it.
  4. How to take a snapshot – This is a great shot to have when you want a quick release

Trouble raising the puck?

A lot of newer players have trouble raising the puck, I address this problem in the video below

Products to Improve Your Shot

Links to all these products are on this page

Some products you NEED and others are just really awesome. Below are my essentials

Must Have – A net, shooting pad (0r smooth surface) and pucks

Really awesomeA radar gun (so motivating to instantly see your improvements), pass rebounder (practice one-timers) and weighted pucks

Your Game Plan

  1. Find a place to practice, no excuses, find somewhere, I don’t care if it’s your neighbors garage, public parking lot, or park, figure something out!
  2. Get a smooth surface (shooting pad is recommended) and some pucks
  3. Learn proper technique
  4. Now shoot A LOT. Remember you have to build muscle memory through repetition, you can learn all you want but you probably wont see instant results. The results will come with time, keep practicing!

Want more tips – Every post / video I have done on shooting is in our shooting tips category

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Pass the Puck
9 Comments
  1. Reply Abbas January 11, 2017 at 6:00 am

    i am having trouble getting the puck up in the air in a game and i am doing closed open closed too so why do you think that is hapenning

  2. Reply Aymen August 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Hey Jeremy, I’m having trouble raising the puck I follow your tips but I just don’t get any lift on it

    • Reply Joe January 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Aymen,

      What shot are you trying? There are a number of things that can be your issue. A common one I see is that a person waits too long to snap their wrist with a combination of very little wait transfer. If you are (wrist shot or snap shot) pulling in with one hand and pushing with the other maker sure you are getting a good wait transfer in and snapping your wrist before the puck gets to far in front of you or to far to one side. I see a lot of people “swipe” the puck. This entails pulling back when you are going to shoot and hanging on to it too long when you are bringing forward/side before your try to lift it. This ends up looking more like “swipe” or nice hard pass than a shot. On a side note, make sure your stick is not too long for you as well. Getting a good wait transfer it critical. Make sure puck is in the right place on your stick for the shot you are trying as well.

      I have tried everything Jeremy teaches in his videos….and believe me, his technique works every time once you get the timing and wait transfer down. My 8 year old son has been lifting them right off the ice and he is just learning to skate and shoot! Make sure all techniques are followed and it will work!

      • Reply Joe January 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm

        Spelling correction “weight transfer.”

  3. Reply Ben Watson November 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Jeremy,for christmas this year i would like to get a shooting board with a built in passer.So,I looked up shooting boards online and saw there were different sizes.I am 12 years old right now so what would be the reccomended size?

    • Reply Coach Jeremy December 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

      The extreme passing kit from Hockey Shot is a good one, there is also a junior model which will be fine for you, but if you can afford the larger one I recommend it. It’s always nice to have a bit more space.

  4. Reply Shane June 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Jeremy, my son just turned seven and had played select hockey last year. He is just learning how to raise the puck and stickhandle really good, but he is right-handed and feels more comfortable shooting right. Maybe because I didn’t know what hand he was when he picked a stick up at three. Just wondering if I should try and get him to switch hands?

    • Reply Thomas July 22, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Let him try both right and left handed sticks, see which one he feels is more comfortable.

      • Reply Ben Watson November 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm

        He’s right maybe get a lefty for street and see how comfortable he feels and see if he gets used to lefty if he does then it will be handy if he drops his stick and his teammates don’t know what stick to give u

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