The super powerful slapshot is one of the most exciting and crowd pleasing shots in ice hockey. In this article we are going to look at how to perfect your technique so that you can fire that 100 mph puck right into the back of the net.
Position your hands correctly.
Hand position is crucial. The lower hand should be about half way down your ice-hockey stick. This will give you the extra power you need when you make contact with the puck. With your hands spread like this you can also take full advantage of the flex in an ice-hockey stick – something that is going to add a lot of power and really make the difference.
Hit the ice before the puck.
This may sound strange to a beginner but take it from the pros, hit the ice first, not the puck. Aim to hit the ice around 2 to 4 inches in front of the puck. That way your ice-hockey stick will bend and snap forward again, lending a huge amount of energy to your swing. You must keep practising so that the ice-hockey stick makes contact with the puck as it snaps back to its normal position again. You cannot make a great slapshot without perfecting this technique.
Correct weight transfer.
Shifting your weight through the shot is key to generating maximum power. Keep your legs bent and first of all drive power through your back leg, transferring this more to the front as you swing your whole body into the shot. If you do not use your whole body in an ice-hockey shot, then you are relying only on your arms which contain a fraction of the power of your legs and torso.
Follow through for accuracy
Don’t be tempted to focus all of your attention on the puck. You should train enough to instinctively know what your stick is doing, while keeping your eyes on the net during the slapshot. Try to make the middle of your blade connect with the ice-hockey puck and follow through in the direction you want the puck to go. If you want the puck to go up, follow through in an upwards direction.
By combining all the previous techniques you are well on your way to making a great slapshot. Now it is up to you to keep practising!
You can watch an excellent training video of how to do a perfect slapshot right here.