Two Types of Wrist Shots

Yes there are two types of wrists shots in hockey, yet I am amazed at how many people are unaware of this fact. A newcomer to the game of hockey asked for some wrist shot tips in a popular hockey forum. Many beer leaguers who have been playing hockey for years tried to help. The problem was that different people were teaching different types of wrist shots as if they were the same type. I could not find one good article that addresses both types of wrist shots so I thought I would clear things up.

Two types of wrist shots

Both types of wrist shots are commonly used in hockey, and both have their pros and cons. The first one I will discuss is the first type of wrist shot you should learn, and also the most powerful. The second type of wrist shot is great for getting a quick shot off but not quite as powerful as the first.

The most powerful type of wrist shot

This is the first type of wrist shot you should learn because it teaches the fundamentals of how to take a wrist shot. For this type of wrist shot the player rotates the shoulders and trunk and draws the puck back, and across the body. Rotating at the trunk allows the player to bring the puck further back which will result in a more powerful shot.

how to take a powerful wrist shot

The player will now execute the wrist shot by pulling the puck toward the net, rotating the shoulders and trunk towards the net, and transferring weight onto the leg opposite of their stick handiness (right handed shot transfers weight onto left leg)

how to improve wrist shot power

This type of wrist shot allows the player to derive power from their core muscles, and also allows them to transfer more energy and power into their shot. The puck will be on the blade of the stick longer as well which will also result in more power.

The most powerful type of wrist shot

The quick release wrist shot

This type of wrist shot is great if you want to surprise the goalie with a quick snapper. In fact some say this type of wrist shot is a mix between wrist shot and snapshot (it can be depending on how you execute it)

For this type of wrist shot the player keeps their chest facing the net and draws the puck behind them, and on their shooting side.

How to take a wrist shot with quick release

The player then leans into the shot, while quickly snapping the puck towards the net. For this shot the weight is transferred onto the same leg as the way the player shoots (right handed player transfers weight onto right leg) This type of wrist shot derives less power from the core and leg muscles, which results in a weaker shot.

Wrist shot with quick release

In order to get as much power as possible from this shot the player must learn to use the flex of their stick to help generate power. Some NHL players refer to this as slingshotting the puck at the net ( especially if you have a low flex stick) the loss in power in this shot is made up with the quick set up and release.Know that you know about the two types of wrist shots, you should learn when to use each type of shot.

Where to use the powerful wrist shot

The powerful wrist shot is a great tool for defencemen to use. This type of shot can be used in situations when a slapshot would take to long to set up, or a more accurate shot is needed.

My favourite use of this shot is when I am coming into the offensize zone on the off wing, with one defencemen at the blue line. I penetrate the offensive zone near the boards, and the defence will now be near the top of the circle. At this point I push the puck forwards as if I am going to go hard into the corner or dump the puck in. Then I pull the puck back into position for the powerful wrist shot and cut to the cemtre. I shoot for the side of the net that I just came from. I know the goalie will be moving from the side I just came from, to the centre of the net, which gives me a good spot to shoot. The defence can also provide a partial screen which will increase chamces of scoring. (explained in the video as well for all you visual learners)

Where to use quick wrist shots

The best time to use the quick wrist shot is when you are in close to the net. The faster you can get the shot off the better. My favorite way to score with a quick wrist shot is to skate in, pick a spot and let it rip. The key to scoring this way is accuracy, and not giving any clues that you are going to shoot. A great way to perfect this is to practice executing the quick wrist shot without breaking your stride.

Another great way to score with the quick wrist shot is through the five hole. The closer you are to the goalie, the less time the goalie has to close the gap, and the better chance you have to score.

Two Types of Wrist Shot Video

This video shows you how to take each type of wrist shot, the difference between them, the benefits of each shot, and when the best time to use each shot is.

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  1. Reply Chandler August 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Jeremy, a couple of weeks ago, i put a question up, but i forgot to check the box that would notify me when you replied and i cannot find that question, please help

  2. Reply Chandler August 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Jeremy, a couple of weeks ago, i put a question up, but i forgot to check the box that would notify me when you replied and i cannot find that question or even know if you replied, please help

  3. Reply Jacob De Haro June 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Hey Jeremy love the videos! My son and I both watch constantly to learn and improve. My question is with the wrist shot, I just began using proper technique holding my hands out in front of my as I draw the puck forward. I am developing a strong soreness in my shoulders. Could this be bad techniques correction? Have you seen that occur?

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke June 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      It could be a fault in your technique, however it could just be a result of some over training. Your body is not used to this movement, so it could cause some soreness while the body learns the movement.

  4. Reply How to take a Snapshot in Hockey November 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

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  5. Reply How to take a wrist shot October 8, 2012 at 7:23 am

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  6. Reply Minor-league hockey player November 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Jeremy please help!!

    I love to play hockey and in road hockey I have a fairly good shot but in ice hockey, I have the weakest shot on the team and they are floaters and rarely go top shelf ( wrist shot ). I follow what you tell me to do but it still is not very powerful or good. If you could please reply and tell me some tips on what I might be doing wrong and how I can improve my shot I would greatly appreciate that. Thanks for posting these videos they have helped me! By the way if it helps I am a right handed shot and not very big at all little less then 4 feet.

    • Reply Jeremy November 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Pretty much all my tips for shooting are in the articles and the videos. My biggest advice would be to practice shooting with a puck and get lots of ice time so you can practice on the ice as well. By shooting 100 pucks a day I improved the speed of my slapshot by 20MPH

    • Reply Minor-league hockey player November 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      5 feet I meant not 4 I’m a little under 5 feet

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