Simple Tips to Improve Your Shooting at Home

I have been working with lately to produce a series of hockey training videos. The videos come in two parts, how to perform a certain skill, and another video on how to improve that skill at home. The on-ice videos are on my Youtube channel and the off-ice videos are on the Hockey Shot channel. In this post I have embedded all of the off-ice videos to help you learn to improve your shooting at home.

In each video I give a few simple tips that should help you improve your shot. If you need a step-by-step breakdown of the shots you can watch the on-ice video.

Improve your Wristshot at Home

In this video I explain a few common mistakes that I see people make when they are shooting at home. I show you how you can correct these mistakes and improve the power of your wrist shot.

Covered in the video

  • Using every muscle to get power
  • Weight transfer
  • Getting your top hand out of it’s holster
  • Using the whip effect for more power
  • Use the quick release

Tips to Improve your Snapshot at Home

Covered in this video

  • Training at home how you would shoot on the ice
  • Use a lot of pucks!
  • Basic technique of the snapshot
  • Weight transfer for the snapshot
  • Getting the hands in front of you
  • Using the snap to get power

Tips to improve the Backhand at home

Covered in this video

  • The mechanics of the backhand
  • A trick to getting the puck up
  • How to add power to the shot
  • Weight transfer

On-Ice Videos

If you guys want to see the on-ice versions of these videos check out my articles on how to take a wrist shot, how to take a backhand, and how to take a snapshot. In the videos I give you step-by-step instructions to help you learn the shots.

Training Aids I use

In these videos I am using a roll-up shooting pad, and the EZ-goal net. I always recommend a shooting pad and a good net to anyone who wants to work on their skills at home.

Remember my #1 tip for any shot is take 100 shots a day – the only way you can improve your technique is through practice.


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Hi my name is Jeremy Rupke. 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. I'm active on Instagram, Facebook and more, you can follow through the links above.
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  1. Reply Joe April 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Hey Jeremy. I love hockey a lot and decided last year that I wanted to start playing, being that I didn’t play baseball anymore. I’m a relatively good skater but I need help with my shooting. When I shoot using my shooting pad at home, I can shoot pretty well but when I am on the ice, I can’t shoot very well. I have trouble mainly with lifting the puck at all (though I can lift it like a foot or something) and need some help. I’m 14 by the way an I know it’s a little late to start but I really like hockey. I got accepted on the spring JV team without a tryout and we have training sessions every Wednesday and Sunday. Other than that, I can go to practice at stick time pretty much any day of the week. I love your videos and they are one of the reasons I decided to play hockey. Thanks, Joe Bertolotti

  2. Reply nick April 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Nice tips, but is there gonna be a video on slap shots because that is the shot that i need the most help with.
    Thanks for all the great videos keep them coming!

  3. Reply Matt February 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I achully took a back hand from the blue line and it bounced and
    My friend shot it in.
    After the game my choch asked me how did you learn how to do that and I said how to hockey. Com

    • Reply Jeremy February 17, 2013 at 12:13 am

      AWESOME! Assist to How To Hockey 😀

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  5. Reply Talha December 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Hey Jeremy,

    D’you have any tips for people who live in an apartment building? I practice at home, but with puck marks everywhere, my mum isn’t too happy about it. Thought about taking my net and shooting pad into the parking garage area in the basement, and shooting there.

    There is no open cemented area outside nearby. Or a usually-vacant parking lot either 🙁


  6. Reply Ryan December 21, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Nice videos and that is a dirty, dirty backhand!
    I thought I had a good one… I’ve worked on my BH from the start because of the advice from the Great One (and Gordie).
    They are so right. I score close to 1/2 my goals on backhands.
    It is especially effective on breakaways.

    Work on this shot everyone!

  7. Reply Terri December 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Hey Jeremy,
    Great tips! I took notes on all your videos. Is there some reason you left out the slap shot?
    Happy holidays.

  8. Reply Carlos Don Zorro December 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    How are you Jeremy. Those videos were very informative, great stuff. I like how you also pointed out NHLers like Oshie and Kovalev into your demonstrations, great pic of Oshie’s shot, it truly provides reinforcement. Personally I overlooked the benefits of having your arms out and getting that upper had out of it’s holster. I’m looking forward to implementing a more pronounced effort utilizing this aforementioned tip which quite possibly can propel my already above average shots to entire other level!
    Jeremy, I’ve seen what seems like all your videos, they are fantastic, I have learned much from them and continue to do so, also I’ve met other good players that have said the same thing about your instructional videos too.
    For fun I’ve gotta ask, in the demonstration video that comes with stick-handling ebook, has your cat ever attack the puck as you practice, and in the video above “Improving your wrist shot” at 5:25, what is that lady with rubber gloves carrying, is that the same cat? Finally, the butt end of your stick, how do you prepare yours, I notice it is more streamline, thinner by quarter of inch that normal tape, do you use electrical tape?
    Thanks in advance for your time responding to this comment.
    Thank you for all your terrific instructional videos, they are the best, please keep up your fine work.
    ~Carlos Don Zorro

    • Reply Jeremy December 16, 2012 at 1:16 am

      Hi Carlos, I see you pay attention to detail! I’m glad you are benefiting from all my videos. My cat used to attack the stickhandling balls, I would play with her in the basement sometimes shooting little balls and she would chase them.

      At 5:25 my girlfriend is carrying our puppy. I didn’t notice until after I uploaded the video, I pointed that out to her and we had a good laugh. I’m not sure why she decided to carry our puppy like that, but it was pretty funny.

      For the butt end of my stick I use a little trick with hockey tape. I split it in half and then wrap it around. I tried it after seeing it on Jeremy Roenicks’ stick and have used it ever since. I’ve got an article with videos on How I tape my hockey stick it has instructions on how I do the grip

  9. Reply Pascal December 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Jeremy !

    I’m 42, playing hockey for 1 year only, in a adult friendly garage league at the Canadiens traning center near Montreal.
    I’ve learned a lot from you with your videos, and some stuff like your “cheat sheet”.
    Just want to say tank you for everything !
    I working hard in my garage and found a outdoor covered rink 10 minutes from home by car to train with my roller blades.
    This monday, some very good players told me that they saw a good progression in my hockey skill. That’s very cool !

    So if you ever plan to come in Montreal, just give me a buzz, i’ll be pleased to make a place for you in one of our games and may be give me some live tips !

    Nice job, and keep going !

    Pascal (PO)
    From Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec, Canada

  10. Reply Brad December 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Great vid again, Jeremy. Coincidentally this is the exact questions I had awhile back along with someone else.

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