Taking a Snap Shot
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03-20-2012, 08:14 PM
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You might want to check out these threads:
There's a guy on my team who just rips shots as you describe. Not much more than 5'10 or 5'11 and uses an 85 flex stick, but that thing bends huge on his snappers, which don't have a windup and launches off the blade.
I'm not sure exactly what his secret is, but I'm guessing his bottom hand is lower on the stick, so he can get more bend on the stick. Probably not quite as low as a slapper, not quite halfway.
If you can't bend the stick, go down in flex. You shouldn't have to really try hard to get some flex on the stick. And keep your wrists and elbows locked and strong to push your weight through the bottom hand.
Disclaimer, I'm not much for this shot as I use a shorter stick and keep my hands closer together with a quick push-pull for a really fast release off the stick handling motion. Works great for freezing the goalies and beating them in close. But that snapper technique would probably work a lot better for a defenseman or somebody who shoots from a bit further away and needs more pure power.
Hmm I was using a 75 flex with my last stick and it seemed like it was flexing too much and was therefore not producing enough power as the stick was absorbing all of it. But I find that it's hard to flex my stick ON THE ICE even when I'm just standing still. When I'm off the ice I can flex it no problem without putting much weight on it, but when I'm on the ice i find that when I go to flex it it just slides out from under me or something along those lines.
And I know you don't want to push the puck forward on a snap shot but what I meant was you're going to need some sort of separation from the blade in order to snap into the ice.
So basically what I want to do is transfer weight onto my left leg (i'm a lefty) and push my bottom hand into the ice on the snapping motion? I'll try it out. I think the weight transfer is the hardest part for me. I'll also check out those threads.
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