Hello and welcome to Total Package
Hockey. My name is Dwayne Blais and today we’re gonna touch on wrist shots.
We’re gonna talk about how to break down that wrist shot and how to look at
little features they’re gonna help make your wrist shot a lot harder, a lot more
accurate, and way more powerful. A couple key components to a strong wrist shot is
first of all figuring out where our hands should be on our stick. A lot of times
you see players with their hands too tight on their stick or their hands way
too wide apart. So we want to make sure that we get our hands correct. What we’re
gonna end up doing is we’re going to put our stick either right beside our hips, so
our one hand is right on the end of our stick, and we’re gonna put our hands
tight to our our waist and get that distance. Or we can also put our stick up
in the air and use our forearm to get that distance from our bottom hand to
our top hand. But it’s very important to have separation there and not have our hands
too tight. When we’re talking about our hands, our top hand is gonna be our
control hand. That’s the hand that controls our blade, controls our
stick, and our bottom hand is gonna be our power hand. So our top hand, we want
to make sure that that elbow is up. So we’re leading up having that elbow up and that bottom hand is gonna be our power hand it’s gonna push on the shaft of our
stick. The higher my hand comes up and the more my hand comes away from my body, the more power I can get generated on my shaft when I take that shot. What we’re gonna do now is we’re gonna take a look at our shooting box. And this is where we want the puck
to be when we shoot the puck. So ideally we want that puck close to our body and
we want to make sure that we generate as much power as we can. So what we’re gonna do is we’re going to put our stick as tight to our foot as we can. So if I’m a
left-handed shot, I’m gonna put it off my left foot and if I’m a right hand shot
I’m gonna put it off my right foot. And then we’re gonna bring it out about a blade
length. So this can be a bit grey, but about a blade length out and then up and
down a blade length. And that will be our shooting box. So as you can see here,
I’ve got the area that I want my shot to be taken whether I’m squared of the puck
or I’m shooting the puck with my shoulders to the net, I want that puck in
nice and tight to my body. And that’s gonna allow my top hand to be up and
allow me to get good leverage on my bottom hand for the shot. The puck
position on our stick for wrist shots is very important. We wanna make sure that the
puck begins at the heel of our blade and then rolls through the middle to toe. We
want to try to not shoot the puck off the toe of our blade. A lot of times when we let the puck go off the toe of our blade the puck flutters or
get a lot of power on our shot. So as you can see we want to go heel and then as
we roll through it’s going to go to the middle and then we’re gonna release that
puck and again starting at the back of our shooting box and then following
through forward to the front of our shooting box to release that puck. A lot
of times you see players that have the puck way too far back in their stance or
way too far out in their stance or way too far out in front of their stance and
what happens in all those three positions: behind, on the side, or out in
front, is we can’t flex our stick enough. So we don’t get enough power on that
shot to let a good shot go. So again I want to keep that top hand up, our
blade’s in our shooting box, we slightly bring our stick back to the heel of our
skate and then we load it and then transfer that weight. Alright our main
source of power on our shot is gonna be from our legs. We do generate some power from our bottom hand pushing on the shaft of our stick but again we need to
have our knees bent and making sure that we’re generating force with our legs.
There is no such thing as a correct foot and a wrong foot. At young ages, yes, we
want players to learn how to transfer their weight. So from their strong foot to their shooting foot which would be pushing off (let’s say I’m a left-handed
shot that would be me pushing from my left foot to my right foot, and if I’m a
right-handed shot that would be pushing off my right foot to my left foot) and
following through. You really want to make sure that players are pushing
everything to the net. So their bottom hand on their stick will be pushing down,
their shoulders will be finishing at the net, and they would follow through to the net.
When players shoot off their incorrect foot (so for a left handed shot that
would be their left foot, right hand shot the right foot) we tend to see them lean
back a lot. So they end up finishing the shot and leaning back on the shot and
then they take a lot of power off their shot. So I want to make sure that players’
shoulders are moving forward as they follow through on the shot. When we
finish our wrist shot and we want to make sure that we’re hitting a corner or
an area of the net, then what we want to do is make sure that we follow through. So I
wanna make sure that our shoulders are driving towards the net and how we’re
gonna aim is we’re gonna aim with our bottom hand and the blade of our stick.
So if I’m following through on a wrist shot, I want to make sure that my bottom hand
and my blade are going to where I want to shoot the puck. A lot of times you see
players’ shoulders turn, rotate inside or rotate outside and then we see pucks
missing the net left or missing the net right. So want to make sure that
we follow through with our shoulder and our bottom hand to place that puck in
the net where we want it. I hope these tips have helped and if you’re gonna
work on your shot at home I strongly recommend not having your pucks way far away from your body and sliding and shooting, and sliding and shooting. Bring those pucks in tight and work off that shooting box,
pushing on your bottom, and keeping your top hand up, all those little points that
we talked about and that’s how you’re gonna get your shot better. Way better to shoot
a hundred pucks the correct way than 10,000 pucks the wrong way