HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The Rink
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie Page 2
Notices

The Rink For the not so ready for prime-time players, coaches, referees, and the people that have to live with them. Discuss experiences in local leagues, coaching tips, equipment, and training.

Shooting Practice: Off ice to on ice transition

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
09-17-2007, 01:52 PM
  #1
32leaguer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 25
vCash: 500
Shooting Practice: Off ice to on ice transition

Hey there!

I was hoping to get some advice on shooting practice. I'll spend time practicing my shot in the basement or driveway or whatever, do reasonably well, but then I get into games and find that I'm just wristing pucks into the goalie's chest and just generally feeling uncomfortable shooting on skates (compared to shooting in shoes, etc.). Of course, I can get out and practice skating at public skating (low attendance, its great), and play in my men's league games, but I can't find ice time to practice shooting.

Any drills or suggestions to help out? Thanks!

32leaguer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-17-2007, 02:04 PM
  #2
Grave77digger
Registered User
 
Grave77digger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 2,577
vCash: 500
Shoot in roller blades and aim for the corners?

Grave77digger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-17-2007, 02:39 PM
  #3
Hank19
Registered User
 
Hank19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Country: Canada
Posts: 1,870
vCash: 500
Try practicing shooting with your head up. That helped me a lot.

I did nothing but shoot an old roll of packing tape against an object with the same dimensions as a hockey net.

I never had the most accurate shot before this, but that year I scored over 30 goals in 25 games in my mens league.

Hank19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-17-2007, 03:26 PM
  #4
Icer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 160
vCash: 500
Have you called the local rinks to see if they have any stick and puck? There are 3 rinks in my area that have it at least a few times a month.

Icer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-17-2007, 06:32 PM
  #5
EmptyNetter
Registered User
 
EmptyNetter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: North Shore, MA
Country: United States
Posts: 7,541
vCash: 500
I'm finding the same problem. My wife got me a slide board for last Christmas and it's been great to shoot off of because it's a nice slick surface. I didn't count on the difference between practicing in sneakers and playing in skates on ice, though. I'll start practicing in roller blades and see if that helps.

As for hitting the goalie in the chest. . . I'm not sure what you're after. Trying to pick corners? Do you practice your backhand? How about your snap shot from in close? Shooting around a screen? Don't just practice your wrist shot. Try to create game simulations and practice them until they're second nature.

EmptyNetter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-17-2007, 11:18 PM
  #6
vexXed
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong
Posts: 239
vCash: 500
I think it's mainly a mental thing. When practicing in your garage or somewhere similar, you have all the time in the world to take your shot with your head up looking at your target. In a game situation there is hardly any time to do this and the mentality is to just get the shot off as quickly as possible so your head will be looking at the puck to make sure it just gets on net.

I reckon it's better to do that during certain situations - like when you have 2 defenders on you and looking up means you will lose the puck, plus the goalie won't expect it when you are looking down and you pull off a quick snap shot. Try to have a quick look at where to put your shot even if it is right at the goalie, then look back down again. Also, if your other forwards have crashed the net, they can get a rebound or deflection. I'm sure all of us have seen goals scored on weak shots just because it was taken at the right time. I've scored from the point a few times not even looking at the net and with lame 'under pressure' shots, but the goalie was screened.

When you actaully do have time in a game, try to think about shooting to score instead of just shooting. Look at the gaps and then conciously shoot towards it. Think to yourself *top left* or where ever and keep doing it until it becomes a habit.

vexXed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-18-2007, 10:28 AM
  #7
32leaguer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 25
vCash: 500
Thanks for all the tips!

Certainly practicing on rollerblades made a huge difference, just in trying to mimic the feel of being (at times) slightly off balance when trying to shoot. Also, I think I need to practice shooting more from a position where my chest is facing the net head-on, rather than being at a 45 degree angle in a traditional windup. As someone mentioned, rarely do you have the luxury or time to pivot into perfect position.

When skating down the ice, and say you are one-on-one with the goalie, you are primarily skating with your chest facing the goalie in forward motion. Do folks more often shoot from that stance, with stick directly out to the side, or is it better to practice trying to drop back your back foot, shift weight backwards (against direction of motion), and then shoot that way?

Also, any tips on where/what to buy something for smooth driveway shooting practice surfaces with pucks? They have the stuff you can buy online specifically for hockey, but that seems pricey for a piece of smooth plastic. Any cheap substitutes?

Thanks again!

32leaguer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-18-2007, 11:30 AM
  #8
Grave77digger
Registered User
 
Grave77digger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 2,577
vCash: 500
Quote:
When skating down the ice, and say you are one-on-one with the goalie, you are primarily skating with your chest facing the goalie in forward motion. Do folks more often shoot from that stance, with stick directly out to the side, or is it better to practice trying to drop back your back foot, shift weight backwards (against direction of motion), and then shoot that way?
I either snap a quick shot when my chest is facing the goalie, or if i have an extra second or two i pull the puck back towards my back foot and away from my body so that im shooting across my body in a more traditional wrist shot position.

Grave77digger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-18-2007, 06:37 PM
  #9
32leaguer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 25
vCash: 500
Thanks again! I spent some time outside, straight on the net, seemed to help, but it took a while to get into the swing of things. When shooting (snap/wrist), it seems like NOT rolling your wrists over makes it harder to control the shot, even when pointing your stick for good follow-through. Put differently, if I don't roll my wrists fully and perhaps let the shot off with more of an open face, accuracy is harder to come by. Is that how it generally works? Just seemed that way today!

32leaguer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-18-2007, 11:17 PM
  #10
Phoenix
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 300
vCash: 500
Yeah I have that same problem and I've just had to learn the hard way slowly through my trainings and game times on ice. Would love it if we ever had just a stick/shoot sessions here. Don't have rollerblades, space is restrictive, I live on a hill, what could be worse?

I actually found trying to practice shooting in the house with restrictive space - whilst it improved me somewhat, it made me get a bad habit too in technique becos I was trying not to hit things, and couldn't get the space for a proper swing.

BTW if anyone has suggestions for ice subsitute boards I'd love to hear about them too!

Phoenix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-19-2007, 09:14 AM
  #11
HML
Registered User
 
HML's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New York, baby
Country: United States
Posts: 41
vCash: 500
I picked up a sheet of plexiglass (approx 4x3 ft) at Home Depot for about $20. The surface is decent but could be slicker. I thought of spraying it w/silicone but I think silicone is a dust magnet.

HML is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-19-2007, 11:31 AM
  #12
Jarick
Doing Nothing
 
Jarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Country: United States
Posts: 25,250
vCash: 500
I shoot off ice 2 to 3 times a week. I'm improving slowly. It doesn't translate perfectly, but it's better than nothing.

I find the increased friction of off-ice shooting tends to make the puck get up easier. This is probably because the puck drags along the ground instead of gliding so it stays on the blade easier. BUT, since the friction on the ice is a constant and the friction off ice is a constant, you should hopefully be able to translate with a bit of adjustment (in warmups).

What should translate 100% is the mechanics of the shot. Wrist shots, backhands, slap shots and snap shots should all be similar, even if the puck takes a different path. I would focus on proper weight transfer, stick loading, and follow through. Doing this commits the action to muscle memory and you will instinctively reproduce this on the ice in a game.

So doing that and a couple stick and puck sessions or warmups and hopefully you can make improvements.

Jarick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
09-19-2007, 05:39 PM
  #13
MikeD
Registered User
 
MikeD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Buffalo NY
Country: United States
Posts: 1,066
vCash: 500
You didnt mention where your looking when you do shoot. If head down and then picking up your eyes OR if heads up entirely, be sure to look at your spot. newer players with some shot control tend to shoot right where they look. Look at the goalie and thats where the shot will prob go.

MikeD is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:39 PM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2017 All Rights Reserved.