Picking up the puck

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  1. FlyChicaga

    FlyChicaga Registered User

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    I can't really find anyone to explain it to me, so maybe I'd try here. I really want to work on picking up the puck on my blade so I can flip it, somewhat like the Crosby move or the moves you'll see in some skills competition videos. Where the player will get down low, with the blade face down flat on the ice, then swoop the puck up and do a 180 to throw it at the net. I can't figure out for the life of me how to start to try this. Anyone that can try and explain? :bow:
     
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    It mostly just takes practice but heres some advice.

    If you are just starting it make sure you have new tape on your blade as that will make it easier to do. If you are a righty place the puck in front of you and a little to the right. They key is getting your stick as low to the ground as possible. Cup the puck near the heel of your blade, and in a quick smooth motion you need to pull towards you roll your wrists quickly to pick up the puck. Try it on the backhand as well, I found it easier when I started to pick the puck up backhand michigan style first. Like anything in hockey though, its all about practice.
     
  3. Yertle The Turtle

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    yeah man, Practice Practice Practice. Also I find a new tape job and wax will help like PittHockey said. You have to get Low on the puck and unlike some people I like to use the toe of my blade. Press down with the front of the toe on the side of the puck so that it is leaning on your blade... One fast motion and turn your body and youve got it... Figure out the Michigan first... then try the 180.
     
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    Yeah I like doing the 180 and flinging the puck at the goalie. Most people go for the slam dunk.

    Like the others have said it just takes some practice and isn't that hard at all.
     
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    This isn't the best way to pick it up, not knocking what you said though.

    I started trying to pick the puck up after I saw Mike Leggs do the move 8 or 9 years ago...and I kept thinking you had to tip it onto your stick like you said. I wasted a month or so doing that, until my friend showed me the correct way to do it.

    All you have to do is lay the middle part of your blade against the puck..then push down, and in one quick motion pull the puck towards you and up.

    Tape really doesn't matter..as I have done it without any on my stick. Inertia will keep it on your blade if you learn how to do the motion quickly.

    I barely even put my stick on the puck now and can scoop it up without really trying. Once you learn the motion, it is pretty easy.
     
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    I should be doing this in a matter of weeks :biglaugh:
     
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    Im assuming you have to practice this on ice, other wise it wont work??
     
  8. pitthockey81

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    nah, i do it in my kitchen all the time when im bored using a roller hockey puck
     
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    Good call. I've never tried tipping it but the "Inertia Pick Up", once you get it down, can be done in motion.
     
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    Exactly. When I go outside to shoot pucks and get bored, I try some of these crazy shots. I mostly get the stick between my legs and bruise my thighs up when I fall. So far I haven't learned anything. That doesn't stop me from trying, though.
     
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    wait for the puck to roll and scoop it up. its easier. :biglaugh:
     
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    Yeah thats exactly how I do it...the flipping doesn't work so well...

    I've tried my best to come up with a drawing to show it...But hopefully this explains it a little bit better...lol try to ignore my lack of artistic talent, I'm just trying to give somewhat of a visual...
     
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    I dunno... Ive tryed it that way I just dont like the way it feels... but who knows maybe I am doing it wrong... haha
     
  14. FlyChicaga

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    Thanks guys for the replies. I was trying it a bit (frustrating) at my last pickup game and managed to get it on my stick a few times. Just was so aggressive picking it up that it would fly off lofting it in the air. So I'm going to work on it more, just for fun. Something different!
     
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    It is really easy to pick up on ice because there is no friction...so you barely have to put any pressure on top of the puck to pick it up.

    I was playing pick up roller the other day and when we where picking teams my buddy had a Jofa speed puck he was messing with.

    He asked if I could pick it up like I do on the ice (I never tried it with one of these pucks).

    After about 3-4 failed attempts, I was able to do it. Just alot more friction without the ice, so it isn't as easy. So it is possible, just have to apply more pressure or the puck will drag on the concrete.
     
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    :huh:

    Did you even read the thread?

    It's asking about picking up the puck with the blade of your stick. IE Michigan goal. :shakehead
     
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    Here's how I do it:

    1.) The puck sits out in front and to the right of me.
    2.) I lay the blade nearly flat with the toe putting pressure on the puck.
    3.) In that position, I pull the puck back while maintaining pressure but not straight to me, but more in a curved path as if I was doing a toe drag.
    4.) While pulling the puck back, about halfway you should flip your wrists.
    5.) Hopefully the puck is lying on your blade.

    Pretty easy after you get the hang of it.
     
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    Here are some videos to help you out.



     
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    Practice things you will actually do in a game, like saucer passes, shooting accuracy, toe drags, stick handling without looking at the puck. Practice tricks will do nothing for you in a game.
     
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    Sean Skinner goes in depth in his stickhandling series. Really recommend it.
     

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