When you are practicing your snapshot at home there are a few important practice habits that you should apply. In this article (and video) I share some of the practice habits that I think will help you greatly improve your snapshot while practicing at homeiframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x_LBnMDzWec" allowfullscreen="" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;">
Relate your off-ice practice to your on-ice tendency’s
When practicing any skill you want to make it sport specific. The best time to take a snapshot during a game is when you are closer to the net and you need a quick release. This means when you practice at home you want to be closer to the net.
Practice the correct technique
Proper technique may be one of the most important aspects in developing power, if your technique is wrong you will never reach your full potential. If you practice the wrong technique you will essentially be training your muscles incorrectly. Once you learn a bad habit you will have to un-learn it while learning the proper method.
If you need help with the technique of your snapshot you can visit our article and video on How to Take a Snapshot.
Quick technique tips for more power
Shoot with your chest facing the net and the puck to your side. This simulates your body position while skating towards the net and stickhandling with the puck to your side. If you can get a quick and accurate shot off from this position you can beat a lot of goalies.
Get your hands away from your body to get more leverage on your stick. With the snapshot you need to get your hands out and away from your body, the shot requires you to generate power by pulling back with your top hand and pushing with your bottom hand, if your hands are too close to your body you will not be able to generate as much power.
What you need to train
If you want to train at home you should have a good area to practice shooting and stickhandling. Using the right equipment will make training more effective and a lot more fun. If you want to practice shooting at home I recommend a good net, lots of pucks and a shooting pad. If you want to kick up your training even more pick up a radar gun.
Hockeyshot Roll-Up Shooting pad
The HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad is the largest shooting pad on the market today. It’s a great surface to practice off-ice shooting, passing and stickhandling. The roll-up feature makes it very easy for storage or to travel with. This Shooting pad can be used to simulate game situations and make a real difference in your game.
Black Standard 6 oz. Pucks
Standard 6 oz. black hockey pucks, official size and weight. Manufactured by In Glas Co, an official supplier of the NHL.