Getting more velocity on passes and shots
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06-08-2009, 11:44 AM
Join Date: Apr 2005
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Flex makes a huge different. I get far less power on my shot with a stiff wood stick than I do with my whippy composites. And while I may be a D level player, I've got a C level shot.
I know what you mean in that many novice players don't really lean into their shots, but we're talking about proper form and maximizing power and you just can't do that if you have a stick that won't flex, because all your power would be coming from your arms and wrists, and that will result in a weak shot.
I agree. I do, however, believe that exaggerated weight transfer/tourque should NOT be one the FUNDAMENTAL FOCAL POINTS for a player who is LEARNING to shoot the puck.
The agility required to gain the kind of force required to flex almost ANY hockey stick is something that should be learned AFTER several other more basic aspects of shooting.
As a players overall skating and balance increases...the ability to generate more tourque on shots will also increase.
To begin with...work on rolling the puck from the heel to the toe of the blade and curling your wrists over when you follow through. Its old school, its not flashy and frankly its often boring...but its a simple starting point that with sufficient repittition will provide tangible progress.
Binding tourque into the shot....is what you ultimatley want to be doing...but if you wan to build that into your SHOT...you need to build it into your SKATING first.
Practice picking a skate off the ice and gliding on one leg. Practice quick cross-over skating steps. Practice alternating skates off the ice...(all basic skating drills) but don't assosciate these drills with shooting. You wan to master these skills before you BEGIN to tie them into your shooting skills.
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