How many of you right handed player shoot left handed?
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03-26-2011, 11:32 AM
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I see this a lot with hockey player where they hold the top hand still and push with the bottom. You can always see this because generally the player will hold that top hand close to the body rather then taking the top hand and allowing that arm to go to full extension.
When the top hand goes to full extension, it kind of forces the bottom hand to stay closer to the body instead of the other way around. What this does is place the stick into a position to allow the leverage work for you and you not work for the stick.
Example: You have seen that little play toy out at your local park call a Teeter Tauter right? Ok, is you place two kids, one on each side, it will allow them to go up and down...right?
Ok, the reason why this works is due to the center point which is called a fulcrum. This is the balancing point. Now, let say you put two kids on one end and you only place one child on the other.
Well, first, that single child will have to start at center and climb up the teeter tauter to sit down. There is no way that once he get to the top to sit down will he drive the other two kids up in the air unless the two kids on one side are of equal weight of that one child.
Ok, so picture this...you have two kids on one side, but now you change the fulcrum point closer to the two kids. Now what you have done is change the leverage of the teeter tauter to work in favor for that single child.
Well, this property works the same with your stick. When you allow that bottom hand to be closer to the body, to make the fulcrum of the stick work, the top hand must move away from the body. Then, if you keep that bottom hand still and you pull back with that top hand, you are now allowing the leverage to work for you rather them the other way around.
This is why, when you are going to shoot that blistering wrist shoot, you start with the puck 3 or 4 inches passed the back of your skate on the shooting side. How as you bring this puck forward into shooting position, as the puck moves forward, that top arm, locks into position at full extension.
Then, when the puck get into the launch position (at the same alignment of your near skate) you lock the bottom arm and pull back that top hand and now you have the force working for you.
Oh, that all well and done. But I want that shot to be like a Patrick Kane shot. You know, the one that the goalie tries to catch and by the time he moves his hand to catch it, the puck has already come out of the net before he moves his hand. Yeah...that one!
Ok, so how to you get that rocket? This is where the flex of the stick comes into play. As you start to move that puck forward into the launch position, the bottom hand pushes down on the shaft cause the stick to have what's know as back pressure.
Once you get to launch position and you are at the point of release, the shaft acts like a compound bow. You know, it that bow with all of the multiple string and pulleys. When you pull back that arrow, the first 6 to 8 inches it will be difficult to pull that arrow back.
But, just at that point, when pulley system has gone beyond the driving force, you can now pull the arrow back with ease. Now, once you are at the full launch position with the arrow, you let it go of this arrow all of the pull system start to work.
The arrow will launch at a normal rate for the first two feet or so. But once it get to the last 8 inches before it leaves the bow, the pull system increase the force by about ten times and now the arrow will go through a tree. Well, at least stick out the other side.
Well, this is exactly what the flex will do for you if you add pressure to the shaft before launch. When you see a pro getting ready to shoot, you will see him, at that last point of release, he will bend his knee by a couple more degrees, thus allowing him to add pressure to the shaft with the bottom arm going into the lock position and then just at release, he will pull that top hand back while the bottom one stay locked. Right at launch, you roll your wrist so that the stick blade actually point to where you want the puck to go, and it's a rocket. it's kind of like using that stick like a line of sight down the barrel of a gun. Simple mechanics!
Simple mechanics...I, uhh, find that that's a lot to take in. I understand everything about the fulcrum - I studied levers in 6th grade science, but this, IMO, is going a bit advanced. I actually just started skating this winter, so that little game of pond hockey was only my first time, and I happed to notice that my shot was weird because I was using a left-handed stick with my right hand. I'm a terrible shot when I go lefty, honestly.
I think I'm starting to ramble, but anyways, is there a "simpler" explanation that I can take in?
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