Shooting Practice: Off ice to on ice transition
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09-19-2007, 12:31 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
I shoot off ice 2 to 3 times a week. I'm improving slowly. It doesn't translate perfectly, but it's better than nothing.
I find the increased friction of off-ice shooting tends to make the puck get up easier. This is probably because the puck drags along the ground instead of gliding so it stays on the blade easier. BUT, since the friction on the ice is a constant and the friction off ice is a constant, you should hopefully be able to translate with a bit of adjustment (in warmups).
What should translate 100% is the mechanics of the shot. Wrist shots, backhands, slap shots and snap shots should all be similar, even if the puck takes a different path. I would focus on proper weight transfer, stick loading, and follow through. Doing this commits the action to muscle memory and you will instinctively reproduce this on the ice in a game.
So doing that and a couple stick and puck sessions or warmups and hopefully you can make improvements.
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