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09-08-2010, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarick View Post
Because it's like learning the snowplow after you learn the hockey stop...not really all that useful.

The wrist shot is the foundation for the other shots, so it is important to learn, but the snap shot has advantages with no disadvantages:

- you shoot the puck from the side of the body or in front, not from behind, making for a quicker release

- you load the stick more than in a wrist shot, increasing power

- you snap your wrists and aim for the target like in a wrist shot, same accuracy

For me, a pure wrist shot has almost no stick loading component to it. You are bringing a puck that is from behind the back leg to the body, transfer the weight, and aggressively push your bottom hand and pull back on the top hand and snap the wrists towards the target.

With a snap shot, the puck is closer to the body, you push your weight down and into the stick, then push/pull with your arms and snap your wrists towards the target. Quicker release, higher velocity, same accuracy.
Just so we're clear I'm not arguing wrist shot vs snap shot. I'm arguing for the usefulness of learning how to get power from your wrist shot, and you seem to be arguing that it's a pointless exercise.

That being said, a snap shot requires that you lift your stick off the puck for the back swing. In that time an opponent can either steal the puck or check your stick before the shot is taken.

With a wrist shot you can effectively skate around the rink with your stick loaded and ready to shoot, and I'm not clear why you say that there's almost no stick loading component to a wrist shot. In fact, it's easier to take a wrist shot while skating since it's all one fluid motion and the puck never loses contact with the stick blade until its final release. What's more a puck carrier can use the momentum of his skating and add that to the puck's velocity.

I think it's inaccurate to say that a snap shot offers equal accuracy to a wrist shot. In a wrist shot the puck is on the blade at least twice as long, giving the shooter more control over the puck's direction.

And not to be overlooked, mastering the wrist shot makes it much easier to make a clean saucer pass.

BTW, what's wrong with learning the snowplow?

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