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07-22-2013, 08:47 AM
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American in Paris
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Role of core muscles in backhand shots

Some will probably dismiss this post as obvious, but I had a bit of an epiphany practicing backhanders in the garage over the weekend.

I'd always thought the power in wrist shots, especially off the backhand, develops mostly in the arms. But experimenting with my technique, I consciously attempted to tighten the core muscles in my back and abdominal areas as I swept though the shot and noticed a substantial increase in puck velocity. With a bit of trial and error the timing of the core activation improved further enhancing puck speed.

I shot a couple hundred pucks this way over the weekend and the results were very consistent. I had a decent backhander before - top-shelf at will, etc. - but now it looks more like a slapper. I'm eager to see if the technique will work as well on the ice.

Suddenly it seems so obvious I surprised I didn't think of it sooner.

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