Snapshot / Wristshot Challenge – Summer 2012

Last summer I worked on my slapshot and ended up increasing my slapshot speed by 20 MPH. If you want some help with your slapshot you can see the basics and links to other related videos and articles on our how to take a slapshot article, but this summer I want to see how much I can improve my wrist shot and snapshot. I also want to help others improve their shot so I am doing a case study and sharing all the little things that help me along the way.

Wristshot / Snapshot challenge Details

  • Current speed of wrist shot and snapshot about 50 MPH
  • Shooting 100 + pucks a day (taking the odd day off of course)
  • Goal is to reach 60 MPH consistently
  • Using a hockey radar gun to track my progress
  • Will update my status every week or so via our Youtube, our Facebook or this blog

Snapshot / Wristshot Challenge First Week

Wrist Shot and Snap shot one month Later

Here is a video of me shooting after one month of tweaking my shots with the Radar Gun. I noticed a few little tricks that REALLY helped my snap shot.

Finale of the Wrist Shot / Snapshot Challenge

After a few months of shooting and a little bit of slacking off I was able to improve my shot quite a bit. My average speed was about 50MPH and now it’s close to 60MPH with a top speed of 64MPH.

Hockey Training Aids I Use

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  • EZ Goal + Backstop – Had these for about 2 years, still holding up but the posts are dented, and the net is ripped. For the price I say it’s a good deal, but if you have a hard shot you will beat the net up a bit. It’s your best option unless you want to pay $600 + for an actual regulation on-ice net, but those things are HEAVY! Check out my ez goal review
  • Roll up shooting pad – Had it for about two years, loses some of it’s “slipperyness” after a bit of use, but still nice to stickhandle and shoot off, your sticks will last longer (bottom doesn’t wear away). We have a Shooting pad review if you are interested.
  • Radar Gun – I love this thing, I’ve dropped it, left it in (light) rain and hit it with pucks and it still works (although it feels like it’s really cheap so maybe I am just lucky). It doesn’t cost TOO much and it is a huge motivation to work on your shot because you can see how much you are improving. Check out my hockey radar gun review for more info.
  1. Reply Brandon March 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Is it ok that when I take a snapshot just snaping instead of loading up and the snapping it

  2. Reply Brandon March 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Is it ok if when I take my snapshot I don’t drag the puck and snap it but just snap the puck when I get it

  3. Reply Ryan December 2, 2012 at 3:34 am

    In my last stick time session, I noticed on my wrist shot, if I make a conscious effort to really cup the puck through the shot, I get a harder and more accurate shot.

    Sometimes I focus so much on weight transfer and technique that I don’t always cup the puck well. This leads to the puck sliding off which affects speed and accuracy.

    I think cupping the puck ensures better angle for the shaft to flex, and also allows you to lean into it.

  4. Reply Thomas September 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Pulling top hand out further than I normally would in the past, really did add some speed to my wrist shot and helped my snap shot in a big way. Also, it allows me to feel more confident when shooting a wrist shot at the net from further out, when I don’t have time for a slap shot, since it has more speed than before. Thanks!

  5. Reply Richard September 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks Jeremy!

    I think this is going to help a lot!


  6. Reply John June 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hi there,

    I noticed in the month 2 videos the shooting mat is further from the net then in the previous video. Not sure if it makes much of a difference in speed (slow down on the way to the net being further away?)but I think the mat should be in the same spot all the time so that the variables stay as consistent as they can. I love your tutorials. They have really helped improve my shots overall. Thanks !

    • Reply Jeremy June 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks for the comment John. Sometimes it seemed like the radar gun was reading the speed of my stick rather than the puck so I moved a bit further back. I will try a few shots from closer in and see if it does affect the speed, just to be sure!

  7. Reply Richard May 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hi Jeremy
    Thanks for sharing your cool challenge. It would be helpful to me if you mentioned what you think you have changed in the mechanics of your shot (if anything) from week to week. That would give me ideas in what to tweak in my own.

  8. Reply Adrian May 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Good stuff. It’s great showing the before and after with your technique. I need to improve my shooting all around but never thought to challenge myself like this.

  9. Reply Derek May 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

    First time I’ve ever seen this. I’ve been playing for 2 years, and I’m not the best (I’m close to 15 and I don’t have a 130mph wrist shot :D) but I’m a fast skater. The thing is I don’t have that great amount of power (being only 100 lb and 5’5 D:). I hope to train with this, but I can’t seem to get the pucks off the ground, and there is a small metal bar at the bottom of my garage, which bounces the pucks back to me. Any advice?

    • Reply Jeremy May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Getting the puck off the ground is a common problem, the solution is all in the snap, that is the motion that happens right when the puck comes off the ice / ground. You should cup the puck, while shooting the blade will naturally open up, and then all in one motion you pull back with your top-hand, push forwards with your bottom hand, and then roll the wrists.

    • Reply Girts May 18, 2012 at 6:23 am

      Try dropping your knee.

      It is mentioned here.

    • Reply Derek May 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Sorry, forgot to specify what shots I’m having problems with. Snaps are okay, I can get those off the ground/ice, but my Slap shots are TERRIBLE.

  10. Reply Juho April 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    It’s cool that you bring up this contest again. I improved my slapshot by 10 mph last year. But now I’m facing a problem. The problem is that my new sticks last for about a month when I practice my slapshot. I used wooden sticks for years but decided to buy composite sticks about a year ago. Wooden sticks lasted about a year each but composite sticks only one month. What is the problem? Do I hit my stick too hard to the ice or what?

    • Reply Derek May 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Sorry, forgot to specify what shots I’m having problems with. Snaps are okay, I can get those off the ground/ice, but my Slap shots are TERRIBLE.

    • Reply Andy April 30, 2012 at 7:46 am

      @Juho :
      Maybe the Flex of your stick is too soft?

      Another possibility are face-offs. If you’re a centerman and you’ve got to make a lot of face-offs, your sticks will get little cracks along your shaft. The more slapshots you do, the higher is the chance you blow up your stick.

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