Shooting to Score
Shooting can be broken down into the following categories:
Accuracy – is the ability to continually hit a target.
Velocity – can be described as the speed of the shot.
Deception – ability to hide when, where or what shot will be taken.
Tactics – describes the strategies of shooting; where to shoot, why to shoot to a specific location, when to shoot, knowing how to open up holes, etc.
Management – describes risk and future opportunity. For example, a shooter may shoot to a specific location early in a shift, but a different one late in a shift or, may shoot high from bad angles to establish shot tendencies, and then shoot low when in prime scoring position. It can also describe shooting to a goaltender’s weaknesses as opposed to a shooter’s strengths (save high glove).
Stickhandling to Shoot
Improper stickhandling negatively effects your shot accuracy, velocity, and deception. Most people correlate stickhandling with deking. In reality, stickhandling plays a larger role in puck management and protection.
Passing with Accuracy, Velocity, and Deception
Passing is the foundation for a specific type of shot. If your passing mechanics are incorrect, certain shot mechanics will suffer. Improper passing mechanics will force a player to compensate and decelerate in order to obtain accuracy. Moreover, improper passing mechanics will seep into your shooting and builds poor muscle memory.