Wrist Shot Accuracy
In hockey, wrist shot is the accurate snipe in your arsenal, and in the 2012 Allstar Skills Competition, wristshot accuracy won the target shooting challenge.
Wrist Shot Sniper
The four corner target shooting, something youngsters out there should be practicing like mad, brought an interesting performance from young Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars). Benn’s wristshot hit 4 out of 5 styrofoam plates in 10.2 seconds for the win, shaving over 3.3 seconds off his 13.58 second performance in the first round where his wrist shot hit 4 out of 6 times.
While one cannot always be that accurate under pressure of a real game of hockey, wrist shot sniping is essential, and when perfected, the wristshot is something to be proud of and it will give goalies fits.
Take a wristshot tip from Jamie, “Shooting all the time growing up and practicing in the garage really paid off.”
How to take a Wrist Shot
Yes, yes, the hockey wrist shot is the first shot a new player should learn. It takes lots of practice to perfect the wrist shot, in the beginning the tendency is to try to raise the puck by “shovelling” under it. A true wrist shot sniper can do all of this:
Wristshot wind up — Stick not in the air, but the stick does pull the puck from a bit behind the body and whip it forward.
Wristshot body position — Almost sideways to the target; slightly bent at the hips, leaning toward the puck.
Wrist shot hand position — Not as close together as stickhandling; not as far apart as a slapper.
Wrist shot motion of the puck — Leaving the blade on a wristshot, the puck rolls heel to toe, unlike the snap-shot that is more of a quick release from the toe of the stick blade only.
Wrist shot arm motion — Begin your wristshot cupping the puck slightly under the blade while slightly bent at the hips, and as you drag the wrist shot forward, begin to stand up and roll the forearms almost as if you are going to slice under the puck, but quickly roll the forearms the other way flipping the blade over the puck as it’s in front of you and as you unleash that wicked wrist shot of yours.
What Makes the Wrist Shot Hard and Fast?
Stick flex and wrist strength and flexibility. Practice the wrist roll because you have to twist, or roll the stick from behind you to the front where you release the puck, rolling the blade over on its face and pointing at the target after the wrist shot is released.
In the skills challenge relay, Benn had the hardest angle one-timer, and still hit all 3 of his shots in a row 3 for 3. He’s a sniper, and you have to be too.
All in all, the real winners were the fans in Ottawa yesterday, but the 2012 All-Star Skills Competition winners were:
- Faster skater: Carl Hagelin, NY Rangers
- Breakaway challenge: Patrick Kane, Chicago
- Accuracy shooting: Jamie Benn, Dallas with the wristshot
- Hardest shot: Zdeno Chara, Boston
- Elimination shootout: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay
Are you doing your wrist exercises to improve your wristshot? The highest scrorer in NY Ranger history, Rod Gilbert, invented the right tool to improve your wrist shot among other things. If you want to make it to the NHL, you need strong forearms.