The one-timer can be a fun and exciting shot in hockey. However, it takes a lot of practice to perfect and execute correctly. Basically, the one-timer is a quick release shot, where your teammate passes you the puck and instead of receiving the pass, you position yourself to execute a slap-shot, without stopping or cradling the puck for control. Essentially, you are receiving and shooting the puck all in one fluid motion.
The one-timer can prove to be a quick and effective shot, leaving little time for a goaltender to set-up and position him/ herself to make the save. First and foremost, it requires a great deal of skill to complete a one-timer. But, with a lot of practice and determination, you can turn a lot of heads by blasting that game-winning goal past the goalie. The key to a good one-timer is, you need to have a good slap-shot as foundation. Once your slap-shot is established, it’s important that you can consistently execute the slap-shot and have good timing. One thing to keep in mind when taking a one-timer, is that you need to have a short wind-up. If your wind-up is too big, chances are you will not have enough time to catch up to the puck, having the puck slip right past you. That being said, your wind-up should be short, where your stick stays below your waist. As you become more comfortable with one-timers, you will be able to time passes better, leading you to have bigger wind-ups, leading to quicker and harder shots.
Another thing to consider when practicing one-timers, is to practice receiving passes from different angles. Not all passes are going to result in you winding up to take a slap-shot. Some passes will come across your body and will force you to quickly cradle the puck and fire off a wrist-shot, all in one motion. Remember, it’s imperative that you are aware of the direction of your target, and that you lead your skate in the direction that you want to shoot. By having a strong push-off with your back foot, this will lead to a quicker and harder shot. And as always, practice makes perfect. HockeyShot provides a lot of off-ice training aids that will help improve your game.
To improve on your one-timers, consider training aids like the HS Passing Kits or Dryland Flooring Tiles. Both products will give you a smooth surface and can help you time passes, ultimately leading you to have that one-timer that is feared by every goaltender in the league!