09-May-2022

Hockey Shooting Technique Tips From Hockeyshot.com - Slap, Snap & Wrist Shots

Hey, everybody Jeremiah is here with whites Tech hockey and hockey shot, calm. And in this video we're going to talk a little about shooting technique on the three main shot types. So you get your wrist, shot snapshot and slap shot their number of hockey skills that are really easy to work on off the ice away from the rink and shooting is one of the big ones.

So in this video we're going to be using the dry line flooring tiles of shoot off of the easy goal, and the ultimate goalie hockey targeting system. Now when you start getting into development strategy for shooting technique, there's always going to be different opinions, different philosophies and different ways of doing things. So what I'm going to do in this video is just showed you what's worked for me share with you my personal opinions, and you can take it for what it's worth use it with your own teams, or you know, use it as you're working on your own shot. So in my opinion, you're going to want to start with your wrist, shot first and foremost, Especially for youngsters. The reason why I start my development model with the wrist shot is because there are a lot of key concepts of the wrist shot that apply to your snapper and slapper. If you don't understand, you can't, perform properly, you're going to have a harder time when you move on to your snapshot, slap shot. So fundamentals of the wrist shot is, you know, you're going to start stable position generally speaking in a game situation, your feet are going to be perpendicular to your.

Target okay, so you're perpendicular to the direction going to be shooting. So if I'm shooting to my left, my feet are pointing straight out that's your stable position for your basic wrist shot. Now, the main key points of the wrist, shot you're going to pull it back load up that back leg. And then you're going to have a weight rescue. Soon.

It split forward on your front leg, your arms, snap through your back leg kicks out, almost like a pitcher throwing a ball in baseball. But your back load up, an explosive weight. Transfer finish pointing at your target that's, a pretty key thing. You want a good follow-through I like to snap the toe.

My stick over if I'm shooting high finish high, if I'm shooting low I, finished low so that's, the basics of the wrist shot. So let's show you a couple of these in action. So we'll get the stable position, pull it back. Let it go pull it back. Let it go pull back let it go.

Okay. So next up is your snapshot. Now there are two common ways to perform a snapshot. The first one is.

Almost like a mini slap shot, all the mechanics are the same as the slap shot, except that instead of coming all the way back you're, shortening up your wind-up. So it's quicker, click and release get the puck off quicker. And you know, get it to the net? So basically just coming back, maybe about a third of the way as high as you usually would on a slap shot and then same concept, you're still going to hit the ice about six inches in front of the puck that flexes the stick. And then as you follow through. That releases the tension on your stick and lets the puck go quickly at the net.

So that would look something like this. These are perfect if you're close, you know, possibly one time or off a rebound or something like that. But basically just really quick lined up let it go for comparing this snap or to the wrist shot on this version of the snapshot, your feet are generally going to be again, perpendicular to the direction you're shooting so that's. The setup we'll do a couple more. So just. Stepping into it, letting it go make sure you get a good follow through. But again, the wind up is it coming all the way back line-ups just really quick nice, slow, just enough wind up to get a flex on the stick.

Then let that putt go with the net. The second type of snapshot that I'm about to show you is actually my bread and butter by far my favorite shot to be honest with you. My shot selection has evolved over the years. When I was young, grace use a lot of wrist shots. But as I got a little older. My upper body strength, kind of started to catch up I started using the snapshot a lot. The snapshot in motion is really effective for me because it's a quick release it's, a deceptive release a lot of times a goalie, doesn't know, you're about to shoot because you're doing it while you're, skating I find that it's almost as strong as my wrist shot in terms of raw power and a lot more accurate, a lot quicker, release, so I recommend.

This shot love this shot, I, you know, kind of started using this most. Often instead of slap shots as well. So by far, my favorite shot, different people have different opinions on this, but either way it's, definitely one you want to work on with this like I said, you're going to be skating in motion while you take this shot. So your feet are going to be actually pointed towards the same direction. You're shooting so point towards the goalie.

The key is you want to shoot off your off leg. So if your righty you're shooting in stride, while your right foots on the ground left. Foots in the air mid-stride, so you're going to come in basically your stick handling step out, boom, okay, that's the shot if you're a lefty it's, the opposite, so you're coming in lefty. As you take that stride with your left foot left foots on the ice right foots in the air, boom, let it go. Okay. So what this one will look like in action is something like this.

Okay, another good reason I like this, because your eyes are facing the target the entire time. So you can watch the goalie watch for openings in the. Met okay, that's what it looks like. Okay, last and probably least in my opinion is a slap shot now I recognize that people may disagree with me on this that's, fine.

The reason I'm not too keen on the slap shot. These days are the two main important things when you're trying to score in a goalie is quick release and accuracy. And you sacrifice both of those with a slap shot. So there is a time and a place for a slap shot, I, definitely believe that players need to have a slap shot. But it shouldn't be the. Highest on the priority, you know, a lot of times you see the young kids, then the first thing they're working on their big boom and slap shot. If you are a good judge of when to use a slap shot, it can be very effective, my opinion.

You should only be using a stop shot. If you've got an incredible amount of time. So the puck has come back, whatever reason maybe somebody fell down. You've got a couple seconds where you can step into it. And really let it go low hard enough, the net that's, an okay time to use. It or if you're getting it away really quickly.

So slap shot is very useful for a one-timer situation where the pucks come in. And you know, you want to let it go quickly get it at the net and cause some trouble in front of the net, let players hack in a rebound or whatever, but in terms of just raw shooting, you know, accuracy quick, release it's by far the lowest on the totem pole in my opinion. So having said that let's take a look at a stop shot, a couple key mechanics, I mentioned earlier, some.

Stuff applies from the wrist shot over to the slap shot. So if you don't have a good wrist, shot, go back, make sure your wrist shots good. And then once that's, good, and you're ready to move on to slapper and take a look at it. So feet generally are going to be perpendicular to your target again. Okay. Now you can do this while skating forward stepping into it.

That's fine. But for your general, slap shot, you're gonna start with the puck a little out kind of tear. This is how I like it at least kind of to. My front toe. Okay, my the toe of my front skate. Then you're going to wind up. This is the big windup that we're talking about case, you're going to wind up, okay, load that energy.

And then as you're coming through you're going to rotate your hips first, almost like a golf, swing kind of you're going to rotate your hips first, and then you're looking to your contact point to be about six inches behind the puck. And what that does be that sets up the Flex on your stick that loads, your stick. Then as you follow through. The stick snaps that's, where all your power comes through.

Okay. So it's like a lot of torque in that to your back boom, you're, you're. Your lower arm should be straight at the point of contact. Okay, that's gonna flex the stick. Okay. And then boom, snap it through and follow through to the net. So full speed to look something like this let's get a couple more pucks out here, all right quite a workout.

So hopefully that helps. And again, just to recap I like to progress, my shot development in order of wrist. Shot then snapshot and then slap shot the reasons why is because the wrist shot has key concepts that will apply in both the snapshot and slap shot and I think you get more bang for your buck by developing your wrist, shot and snapshot, first because they're quick and release more accurate. And then as you get more mature and are able to read and react the play better, then you can start applying the slap shot in certain situations. But those situations are when you've got a ton of time, or if. You're using it as a one-time shot, you can pick up all the equipment in this video at hockey shot, comm and make sure you visit us at whites Tech, hockey, comm for more tips, drills and other stuff that will help you improve your game.