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05-09-2012, 02:46 AM
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Also, if you're not able to lift the puck off the ground on your slapshot, it may be because you're hitting the puck and not the ground first. Hitting the ice right before the puck gives it that flex when shooting.

I also think that it's because you've been playing for only 6 weeks and your stick is 100 flex which is way to high for you.

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Also, if you're not able to lift the puck off the ground on your slapshot, it may be because you're hitting the puck and not the ground first. Hitting the ice right before the puck gives it that flex when shooting.

I also think that it's because you've been playing for only 6 weeks and your stick is 100 flex which is way to high for you.
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When I got the concept of hitting down on the puck to make it go up , it all clicked for me In fact the more downward the blow is the higher the puck lifts off the ground when I slapshot
The whipper (flex) the shaft the easier it is too however you still need the strength to bend the shaft even a 60-70 flex
When I started out playing with stiff wood sticks and it took me a year to develop a slap shot and I need big windup to flex the shaft,
now with composite with lower flex I don't feel the need to slap it,
You can lift the puck with with velocity with a snap shot.

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nah, I expect it won't fix anything by itself - it will just make it easier for me to do what I need to do to learn how to do that.

I'm finding that it really doesn't matter how hard I hit the puck, it doesn't change the power behind it - I'm still just really swiping at it rather than getting any spring from the stick.
Chances are that you're making a very fundamental mistake that almost everyone makes when they are just starting out. You are not swinging around a firm front side, but are rather 'stepping through' your slap shot. Your front foot should plant just before the shot and should be totally set/firm at impact, with all of your weight on that front skate, which is dug in hard. Watch the pros shoot and notice where their feet are and where their weight is right at impact. Weight shift immediately BEFORE impact, not during the shot. It is the only way you can have a consistent slap shot.

Every new player I see at skate and shoots, tends to just swing their stick and move through the shot. Aside from never being able to really replicate the same motion every time, they have no power and no base against which to get their stick flexed.

And when you shift your weight, make sure you stay on the inside edge of the front skate with your weight inside it, so you remain firm against it. It is not a big body motion, just a shift of where you are putting your power down from both skates to just the front skate. If you want to see some great pics of this, Google pictures of Al McInnis and you'll find some great images of what I'm talking about.

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