Discussion in 'The Rink' started by Galchenkel, May 6, 2005.
your tips to improve it?!
I practice with a steel puck. It weighs alot more so when I use a normal puck I shoot alot harder.
Improve your wrist strength. As for technique, not really sure. It's the shot everyone learns to use first, so you should have the form down by now. I guess just try and get as much body weight behind it as possible, of course in the shortest time possible.
Might be the flex of the stick. Try a flexier stick. The stiff and X-stiff ones are hard to do wristshots with especially if you want some pop in them.
I always had a great slap shot but a average wrist shot but this year I really worked on it. I play ball hockey and this year I would go on my drive way and take about 100 shots everyday. I would suggest try to put as much strenght in your shot as possible and quickly release it. your arms are very important and try to put a lot of strenght in your shot by your arms and let it rip.
Practice, obviously, and work on your fundamentals. If you're doing the weight transfer and snap properly, maybe the problem is the distance of the puck from your body when you begin the lean/sweep. Maybe you'll be better with the puck farther (for more stick bend) or closer (for a more taut shaft).
Here is my response to a similar question:
Originally Posted by SkateLikeTheWind
A good one I like is to use a cut up stick about 2 ft long, attach a rope about shoulder length long, and on the other end attach a weight. Then with your arms extended, rolling your wrists, bring the weight up. Usually a couple reps of this and your forearms will be burning.
I agree completely. I personally use a round piece of wood about two feet long. I would add that you can really do the repetitions four ways: with palms up and palms down and then twisting the piece of wood (and raising and lowering the weight) both towards and away from you.
If you left weights, do cleans and jerks and reverse grip curls - they help a lot. .
- for wrist shots try to use your weight to shoot the puck not your arms.. also try to put some spin to your shot..
This is a great exercise... very much recommended to everyone.
My opinion is that there are as many techniques to shoot wristshots as there are players. One of them shoots with technique and the other with force.
I use the most vital muscles a hockeyplayer does have (if speaking of shooting), those which are located between your hand and elbow. And my wristers are quite good, so I know what I'm saying.
So make your own conclusions...
Gonna throw my hat in this camp too.
Provided your technique is proper, it's the single best way to improve your wrist shot.
argh i love wrist shots!! I can hit the crossbar with a wrister from the far blueline about 6 out of ten times
Now only if you could put those 6 shots in the net, you'd prolly make the show.
Wrist curls and lots of 'em. I started working out my wrists in the gym a lot more, and shot power increased pretty noticably.
whats the flex of your stick? that can make a big difference in your wrist shots/slap shots. I don't take too many slapshots for the most part and stick to a 100 flex stick (which is pretty flexy for me).
Also roll your wrists over and make sure you are following thru to your target...this will give you accuracy and a bit more power.
I use a stick with hardly any flex, nevertheless I manage a quite fast release and a nice speed. In addition to using the wrist, I use the hip as well. If the ball or puck is on the same height as your heel, not only use your arms, give a twist with the hip as well. It will increase the speed of your shot.