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How to Improve the Power of Every Shot in Hockey

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After coaching hockey for a number of years and working at a hockey camp I have noticed a number of common mistakes that hockey players make that are easy to fix and are robbing them of power. In fact I was making these same mistakes with 20+ years of hockey experience under my belt, and I only came to realizes these mistakes after training with the radar gun. In this article (and video) I will share a few ways that you can easily improve the power in every shot with just a slight change in your technique. I have also embedded a few videos that will give you workouts to do that will help improve your shot power even more.

Technique is everything

A common question I get is “what workouts can I do to improve my power”, my answer is “how good is your technique?”. Perfect your technique first. Once you have a fluid shot and you are getting all the power you can, then work on hitting the gym to get some more weight behind your shot. You should be shooting 100 pucks a day (or at least spend a few hours a week) to work on your technique. The great thing about shooting a lot of pucks is that it will give you a good workout and build all the muscles involved in shooting, so while improving your technique you will also build muscle. It’s like a 2 for 1 deal on shot power! ( I will include some workouts in this article though)

We already have covered technique in on and off-ice videos and articles for every shot. If you need help here’s a link for the slapshot, wristshot, snapshot and backhand. Here are a few questions you should be asking about your technique.

  • Are your hands in the right spot for each shot?
  • Would moving your bottom hand higher or lower increase or decrease your power?
  • Are you transferring enough weight into your shot?
  • Are you using all of your muscles to get power, or just your arms?
  • Can your harness all your power while skating?
  • Are you using your stick flex enough in your shot?

Many people think their shot is fine, but if you don’t have an absolute answer to every question there is a good chance your shot could use some work.

Rule # 1 – Use your Legs

This is the biggest problem I see with most hockey players, especially newer players. They simply aren’t using their legs enough to put more power into their shots.

Your legs are the most powerful muscles in your body, yet many hockey players don’t use them when they shoot. Even the ones that do use their legs can likely get more power by using them more! “How do you use your legs to get power in your shot?”, I’m glad you asked. Whenever you are practicing your shot make sure you are bending your knees. With your knees bent you should really push off with your back leg and transfer all that energy to the front leg. Think of it like jumping into the shot, you want to start your shot with an explosive burst of energy which starts from the legs.

Rule #2 – Free Your Top Hand

This is the 2nd biggest problem I see, and it’s not getting enough snap at the end of the shot. This happens with the wrist shot, slapshot and snapshot. A lot of beginner players develop their shot and are using just their bottom hand. A good fluid shot will be using both hands to pull the stick (and puck) towards the net, and end with a final snap (pulling back with the top hand and pushing forwards with the bottom hand). Get your top hand away from your hip and start using it in your shot!

On-Ice Explanation

Workouts to help improve Shot Power

Going to the gym and doing curls won’t help your shot power. In order to benefit from workouts done off the ice, you need to be doing sport-specific movements. If you want to improve your shot, (for the best results) you need to train the muscles used in the shot, in a similar manner they are being used on the ice. Hockey is all about explosive power, especially when shooting! You need to get as much power into that shot as quickly as you can, so slowly picking something up and slowly putting it down isn’t going to help you. I have included a good video I found on medicine ball throws. I like these workouts because they train your muscles in a similar motion as the motion used to shoot. You will be working on rotational power and explosiveness from the legs.

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Simple Tips to Improve Your Shooting at Home

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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.

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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