No matter what position you are in when shooting the puck there is never an excuse for missing the net.
Here are 3 tips to help improve shooting accuracy. Whenever you have the puck and are getting ready to shoot, make sure to scan the net, look for a spot to shoot, and fire the puck. Point With Your Chest and Feet Your feet guide you in the direction you are skating, but they also help guide where you are shooting.
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If you align your body, mainly the chest and feet before you take the shot, the chances are your accuracy will improve. Pointing your foot also improves power because it helps you transfer energy in the direction of the shot. Remember to Follow Through As you know following through with your stick high after a shot will help the puck go high and following through low will help the puck go low.
Another trick to help improve accuracy when following through is to point the toe of the blade to where you want the puck to go. If done properly, at the end of the shot the blade of your stick should be pointing at where the puck went.
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As Turcotte told LiveScience , "Very little information exists describing the kinetics and kinematics of skating and shooting skills. We are for the first time learning about how skills are executed in an optimized fashion. Twenty five hockey players , ranging in skill from novice to varsity level players, were told to shoot pucks at targets located in the four corners of a goal until they had hit each target ten times.
They were allowed 20 shots per target with their accuracy percentage recorded. Their stick and the pucks were marked with reflective stickers that could be seen by six 3-D motion capture cameras placed around the goal.
Everything from the angle, pitch and yaw of the stick blade to the stick velocity and contact time between puck and stick were measured as possible variables for accuracy. As expected, the successful shot percentages were evenly divided between the novices as low as 27 percent and the expert players as high as 80 percent. When shooting at the bottom targets, the most significant variable that affected accuracy was the position of the puck on the blade when released.
The novices tended to position the puck closer to the blade's heel, while the better players put it closer to the center of the curve in the blade, closer to the toe. Hitting the top two corners of the goal was by far the most difficult task, with 20 percent less accuracy compared to the bottom corners. This makes sense as the third dimension of height is now added.
Since the flight of the puck now is affected by gravity, the initial trajectory of the puck becomes important. Just like a baseball pitch, the faster the object travels, the flatter and more accurate the trajectory. Imagine the flight path of a fastball versus a curve ball.
The team found that faster initial puck velocity when released from the stick significantly improved accuracy.
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