A common problem I see with newer hockey players is something I call “not finishing your shot”. In hockey it’s common knowledge that to get more power, you need good weight transfer, but that’s how you start your shot, so how do you finish it?
Finishing your shot requires a “snap” motion at the end. It happens in the wristshot, snapshot, and backhand and will help you get some extra power and accuracy in your shot. A good snap requires the use of your wrists, and proper placement of the stick to allow for a push-pull motion at the end of your shot. In the video below I explain the concept and show some examples
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In this video I talk specifically about using your wrists in your shot to get more power and accuracy. I also share a simple exercise that you can do on a daily basis to improve.
Beyond using the wrists
Using your wrists is important, but getting the stick in the right position to finish your shot is also crucial to adding more power. In this video I show you how you can add extra power to your shot, and improve your quick release.
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If you started playing hockey at a young age you probably had a dream to roof the puck. Young hockey players have trouble getting the puck off the ice, but once they learn how to shoot high it’s almost the only place they shoot. At a young age it is not a bad idea to shoot high, the goalies are short and give you a lot of room to shoot up high, however as the goalies get older they get much bigger and soon you don’t have the same advantage. At a young age shooting high is a good idea, but when you get older you need to know the best places to shoot. In the video below I discuss some of the best places to shoot to score more goals.
Shoot to Score
Some of the best places to shoot
Shoot for the goalies ears (if they go down easily and play in their crease)
Shoot just over the pad, either blocker side or glove side
Go 5-hole when you are in close
Why you shouldn’t always shoot high
If you shoot a bit too high the puck will end up behind the net, no chance for a rebound
If the goalie stops you he will usually catch the puck in his glove – no rebound
If you don’t know about the shooters illusion you may think there is a lot of room up high, when in fact it is covered
Shooting high through traffic usually results in a blocked shot
A lot of goalies anticipate high shots because they know players like to roof the puck
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I have been working with HockeyShot.com 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.