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Shooting school

Couvert pass with direct shot

Curve in toward goal and set up for a wrist shot. Right at the moment you shoot, deliver a pass instead to a team member on the opposite side.

The goalkeeper's sideways momentum creates gaps. Try to aim high or low at the nearest post.

Protect the ball by keeping it behind your body when curving in.

Identify an empty trajectory for the person making the pass and keep an eye on the goalkeeper. Hit the floor with the stick slightly behind the ball. The stick bends and you gives your shot extra power.

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Sweeper

When taking a Sweeper shot with a bow run the ball should be way behind your back leg.

Think of it as throwing a ball, in order to get more power, you want to as far behind you as possible so you can get a lot of power through weight transfer and shoulder/hip turn.

While taking the shot you should move almost all weight to the front leg.

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Slapshot

Move all of your weight from your back leg to front leg in one fluent motion. The idea is to shift your weight in the direction of the shot. This puts more energy and power into your slap shot.

In your backswing the shoulder turn should be greater than the hip turn, that generates power when release your shot. Make sure to bend your knees to get power from your leg musles.

Beginners often try to hit the ball directly, this is not the proper way to hit a Slapshot. Instead make sure you hit the floor 10-15 cm before the ball, this allows you to load or flex the stick first. Loading the stick is where lot of the power in your slapshot comes from.

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Slapshot - direct

Rasmus move all of his weight from your back leg to front leg in one fluent motion. The idea is to shift your weight in the direction of the shot. This puts more energy and power into your slap shot.

In your backswing the shoulder turn should be greater than the hip turn, that generates power when release your shot. Make sure to bend your knees to get power from your leg musles.

Beginners often try to hit the ball directly, this is not the proper way to hit a slapshot. Instead make sure you hit the floor 10-15 cm before the ball, this allows you to load or flex the stick first. Loading the stick is where lot of the power in your Slapshot comes from.

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Wrist shot - forehand

Hit the ball inbetween the legs and close to your body. Let the blade slide along the floor - note that more pressure against the floor increase power and speed of the wrist shot. The stick actually adds alot of speed and power to your shot. 

When you are shooting if you lean into the shot you will load the stick, putting energy into the shaft, which is then transfered to the ball when you release your shot. Your follow through is very important, when you follow through you are essentially aiming where the ball is going.

Tip 1: Added power can be gained from a twitch of the blade when stick is pulled back and then twitching it back when releasing the shot.

Tip 2: You can generate a lot of flex on your stick by buying the a stick with the appropriate flex, which depends on your weight and size.

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Sweeper - forehand

When taking a Sweeper shot the ball should be drawn back behind your back leg. Think of it as throwing a ball, in order to get more power, you want to pull it back so you can get a lot of power. Weight transfer increase the shooting power. 

When you begin the shot the weight is almost evenly distributed, while taking the shot you should move almost all weight to the front leg and push off with your back and front leg, thus putting more power and energy into your Sweeper shot.

At the start of the Sweeper the ball should be located at the heel, or close to it, of the blade While you are executing the Sweeper the ball will roll forwards toward the toe of your blade.

This will give the ball a spin, and also allow you to aim where you want to shoot. Your follow through is very important, when you follow through you are essentially aiming where the ball is going.

Tip- Use your whole body to follow through. Don´t forget to lift your head and look where the goal is.

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Outsweeper

Hold your chin up and try to locate the net.

A quick upper body rotation increase the power of the shot. Do not be afraid to flex your weight on your stick, which will give you an extra energy and power to your Outsweeper.

Make sure you upper body is rotating enough so that you are not only using your arms when shooting.

Turn up towards the net and strengthen the motion by pointing your stick towards the net assuring your shot has the right direction.

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Insweeper

This shot is a combination of shooting feint and a Sweeper shoot in one fluent motion, also called toe drag. Very useful when you have a defender in front of you or when having a penalty shot and you would like to shoot beside the defending wall.

Tip: The more curve motion you can get the more power you will get when shooting.

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Spinner - forehand

This shot is used when you are positioned in the box standing with your back towards the net.
Rotate and fire away the shot. 

Do not be afraid to flex your weight on your stick, which will give you an extra energy and power to your Spinner.

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Volley (two handed) - forehand

Easiest is to hit the ball exactly on half volley at the moment it bounces, but being able to hit on volley give you a great advantage in front of the net.

Tip: Straight arms in backswing will help you to avoid high sticking. Make sure you do not exceed the waist limit in your back swing.

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Volley (two handed) - backhand

Easiest is to hit the ball exactly on half volley at the moment it bounces, but being able to hit on volley give you a great advantage in front of the net.

Tip: Straight arms in backswing will help you to avoid high sticking. Make sure you do not exceed the waist limit in your back swing.

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Knocker - backhand

A powerful backhand shot gives your more opportunities to score goals. You will not always have time to switch to forehand and shoot. When you want to hit a Knocker protect the ball on your side, take it out and knock it off.

The blade should hit the ball under the ball. Vary the angle of the balde in order to get different height with this shot. You want to hit the ball somewhere inbetween the heel and the middle of the blade - the flat spot.

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Backhand sweeper

Sometimes a quick forehand to backhand deke is the perfect way to beat a goalie. A player with a good backhand shot will be able to shoot the ball over the goalies legs, top shelf and score more goals.

The first step is to draw the ball back in your stance to the leg furthest from the net.

When hitting a Backhand Sweeper you want the ball at start to be between the middle and the heel of your stick blade. Remember to also transfer your weight into the shot. You want to move your weight in the direction of the shot, this will give your more power.

Do not forget your legs push off really adds a lot of power to the backhand Sweeper Realease the ball from the middle of the blade.

Tip: With a powerful backhand you will also roll your hands over to aim the shot sort of like a snap and roll combined.

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Crasher backhand

Crasher backhand.

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