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05-19-2010, 03:44 AM
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TheHMan
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Originally Posted by Ducksgo View Post
Thanks for the reply, but what exactly is muscle memory. And why isn't the flatter spin important? Do not take this as an insult, but a mere of trying to gather as much info to help me improve. Does the speed of your shot slow down when it is fluttering as opposed to spinning like a frisbee? or is it quite the opposite?
To address these two points:

Muscle memory is a term that describes a physical motion that becomes natural and can be performed without a whole lot of thought. A non-hockey example might be a combination lock in highschool, you've opened it so many times that you don't even have to look at the numbers to open them. What this fellow is saying is that when you've developed a proper shooting mechanic for wrist snapping, weight transfer, and following through, shots will become second nature and your shots will not flutter as much.

The general rule of thumb for fluttering shots is that shots that they lose energy as they fly and they'll likely start dropping after traveling for a while. You can have a really hard shot that flutters, and as Hockeyfan68 said, they can be useful for fooling goalies sometimes, but generally you want a shot that spins nicely and looks like it's nice an stable as it flies. The advantages of having a shot that travels nicely is that it'll have much better range, it will maintain it's speed for longer, and you'll be more accurate with them as well. Having a fluttering shot is often the result of a poor shooting mechanic and being accurate with a poor shooting mechanic can be difficult.

I believe Scotty94 was suggesting that having a nice flat spin alone isn't the most important thing, but getting some good power and stability into the shot is what you should be looking for.

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