Thread: goalie advice..
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03-12-2009, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by brettholmesx View Post
im a goalie and have been for about 12 years now. i did quit playing hockey for about 4 years and got back into it about 2 years ago.

since coming back ive improved my game quite a bit. quicker pads, better positioning, better blocker, glove, etc..

my two biggest weaknesses though are still my glove and blocker.
i try my hardest to position them correctly, but i still seem to be slow with both.

any experienced goalies out there that give me any tips how to make them quicker? anything at all?

sounds foolish i know, but i could use the help.

Not foolish at all...

I'll say first off I've never had a goalie coach and I started as an adult. I've always had decent reflexes, but there is something I do to improve my glove hands...and its easy to do anywhere and free. And I think it has worked.

I take a handball, or tennis ball, or whatever I have handy that bounces...throw it off the ground and against the wall and catch it. Then I throw with the other hand, repeat. (I realize you aren't going to catch a puck with your blocker, but getting your hand in the right position is the point) I make sure to follow the ball with my eyes going into my hand, which is what you should do with a puck. I do this at work all day.

I'm sure there are more sophisticated drills out there, but thats what I do. Good luck.

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