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07-08-2010, 02:59 PM
Happy Pony
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Originally Posted by Dump and Chase View Post
Saying someone can't shoot, throw, or punch hard enough to break a pane of glass is an idiom. I am not the only person in history to use it. Couldn't break a pane of glass.

To get back on track. Nice post Happy Pony. I am sure that a particularly whippy one piece stick could help you make up some of the power you lose by using a short stick. Your reasons for using one are sensible and as long as you realize what you are giving up in shooting power (which I think you do), knock your sock off.

Look at Jaricks videos in the shooting challenge thread. He uses a very short stick and his shot looks very anemic IMO. Look at how handsy he has to be in order to get any power on the shot. As well his timing is poor and it is very likely because of the length of his stick.

He gets no power from the lower half of his body, just kind of falls forward into the shot. It is very hard to time a strong push off your rear foot and a proper hip torque when your stick is so short.
I misunderstood the pane of glass thing too, but I could definitely break a pane of glass. I know because I have done it before, by accident of course. I also broke a sideview mirror on my moms van when I was 13 or so.

One other thing I've noticed when using a longer stick is that my shot is much less accurate, but that could just be from not being familiar with the length, or the curve I was using.

You're spot on with the falling into the shot analogy in Jaricks videos. I would caution, and I'm sure you already know this, is that it's hard to get a good read on someones shot when they are shooting from a semi-static position in tennis shoes.

Jarick, from watching the videos once through, I'd say that it takes you a long time from when your shot starts until your make contact with the puck, especially with the big windup with the slapper. It's not necessary. I felt like the big windup on your shot is caused by how much of your power you are generating from your arms/hands and how little from your core and legs. The excessive use of arms/hands seems like it hurt your accuracy as well, since your shot wasn't a consistent motion.

If you're generating most of your power from your core/legs you're arms/hands won't be moving as much and that means a few things. The less arm/hand movement you are using the less room for error there, and the better your muscle memory becomes meaning more accuracy (similar to a golf swing in that the more correcting you're hands and arms are doing the less accurate you generally are). It also means you're generating less power because you're largest muscles are in your core and legs, so you should be maximizing them, not making your arms/shoulder muscles work harder. Finally it means you're taking a bigger/longer windup to make up that extra power you're losing by not utilizing your legs and core which means more time for the goalie to get set for your shot. I also noticed in the shots you really tried to be letting go of quickly, they seemed rushed and as a result were pretty inaccurate.

Of course, that all could be because you were in shoes on asphalt and not on the ice.

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