5 Hockey Shooting Pad Drills to Maximize Your Shooting Skills

hockey shooting padWhen it comes to hockey, being able to shoot goals and score points is a big deal. Having a high-quality hockey shooting pad to practice with is a convenient way to practice shots in just about any place that you can imagine. Of course, it always helps if you have a hockey shooting tarp to practice with, but if not…that’s OK you can use your imagination to help you train for those impossible shots that win games.

Drill One: Straight Shot

When you are playing a tough game, you hardly ever get the chance to set the puck where you want it and contemplate where you want to put it. Things happen fast, and if you don’t keep up you will never get a shot. This is where being able to practice comes in handy. You can actually teach your muscles to react the way that you need them to in order to make a hard shot. This first drill is pretty simple, all you need to do is have a pile of pucks ready to shoot, one after the other.

Set your shooting pad on the ground where you will get the best use out of it, and make sure that your pile of pucks is within close reach. You will need them in order to repeat the shot.

If you have a shooting tarp, pick one of the targets that you have the most difficulty hitting when you shoot.

Aim at that target and shoot every puck that you have one after another into that same hole until you run out of pucks. Go as fast as you can without missing a beat.

Drill Two: Backhand Shot

Never underestimate the power of a mean backhand shot. Remember to roll your wrist, and follow through with each shot. Don’t be sloppy about it.

Make sure that your pucks are within reach, and place one of them on the shooting pad. Remember your stance keep your shoulders straight, and your arms in front of you.

Look for the bottom target hole in the hockey shooting tarp, and focus your aim on that.

Get your body and torso in the backhand position and take your shot. It is a little more challenging to slap the puck with the backhand shot, so remember to keep your form tight, but relaxed.

Drill Three: Shovel Shot

In this drill, you will practice your upper goal shots so you can dominate the higher portions of the goalie. This is a great way to pull the perfect deke moves because when you throw the goalie off balance, you can take advantage of the space over the shoulder where you create a hole.

Keep your feet in the right position for shooting with your back straight and your shoulders ready for action. Make sure that your pile of pucks is within reach so that you can repeat the shot over and over again.

Pick one of the upper slots on the shooting tarp above the right or left shoulder of the goalie guy that is printed on the tarp.

Swing your blade as you would on a regular shot, but when you get the puck, scoop it up as if you were picking it up with a shovel so you cause it to catch air and head towards your target.

Keep shooting for the same target over and over again until you are out of pucks.

Keep Practicing

Even if you don’t have a shooting tarp, you can come up with things to shoot the pucks at. Make sure that when you slap the pucks that there are safety measures in place that will protect people and objects from getting damaged by flying hockey pucks.

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