Flexing the stick – Wristshot, Slapshot and Snapshot – Complete Shot video 5

(rock music) – Hey guys, it’s Jeremy
from howtohockey.com with the Hockey Movement
bringing you the final video in the building blocks of a good shot. In this video, talking
about using the stick to generate power and this is one thing a lot of hockey players forget about. So I’m gonna show you
how to flex that stick and how to utilize it in
your shot to get more power. To get that extra power
from your hockey stick, you gotta make sure
that you flex it first. Kinda like a diving board, it pushes down, and then flings you up in the air. So you’re storing that energy
and then it sends you flying, same thing with your stick,
you flex it, you bend it, it has potential energy stored in it, and then that’s released,
all that energy’s released on the puck, gives
you a lot of extra power, so you can use it in your slap
shot, wrist shot, snap shot, and even the backhand a little bit. It’s really important that
you have the proper flex on your stick so you can
get the maximum performance. You don’t want it too whippy,
you don’t want it too stiff, so if you’re interested
in what the right flex is, I do have an article, I’ll
throw a link down here in the video description
so I don’t have to ramble on forever in this video. So let’s talk about flexing
the stick in the slap shot. To get extra flex in your slap shot, there’s a few important key points. So the first one is that you
actually hit the ice first. You don’t wanna hit the puck, if you’re just hitting the puck, you’re not gonna be able
to flex that stick at all. You actually wanna hit
the ice so you can drive and get that extra force into that stick. The next important point is that the shaft is in front of the blade. If you hit the ice like
this, you’re not gonna drive that force in, because
you’re just skimming the top. With the shaft in front of the blade, you can really drive in there
and get that extra flex. Last one is really important,
is to have that knee-bend. If you’re standing up too tall, you can’t put your weight into the shot. So we’re hitting the ice,
we’re dropping our weight, and really driving in
with this bottom hand and pushing and flexing that stick. And with that bottom hand at
about the middle of the shaft, maybe a little bit lower,
you’re putting that force right in the center,
really flexing that stick and that’s gonna give you a lot of extra power on your slap shot. Now let’s work on getting
some flex in the wrist shot. This is an area I notice a lot
of hockey players miss out on and it’s because we’re all
taught the same way to shoot, where you start with the puck on the heel, you roll the puck to the
toe, and then release. And that’s a standard,
fundamental basic wrist shot. However, once you get
older, you can start working on more advanced ways to
shoot and this is a way that you can really flex the
stick in your wrist shot. So if you watch the pros,
what a lot of them do is they start with the puck on the toe, they start with it on
the toe, they pull it in towards their body, and
then really lean on it here. By pulling the puck in
towards your body first, it allows you to drop
your weight over the stick and flex that stick and really
get a little extra power. So instead of having your
arms out here the whole time, where you can’t flex the
stick, you’re now pulling towards your body, dropping your weight, flexing the stick, and then releasing. Just gives you a little extra
power on your wrist shot. Let’s head over to the high speed and look at some slow-mo shots
here for ya, just to give you an idea of what the wrist shot
looks like in slow-motion, so here’s just a few clips,
giving you a better idea, and we’re gonna do a frame-by-frame,
so I’ll break you down. So right here, got the puck
at the toe, pulling it towards the target but also towards
my body a little bit, right there, freeze
frame, I’m gonna push down on that bottom hand to flex that stick, this is when I’m really loading it up, notice how much bend I get right here, pulling back that top hand
to get that extra snap, follow through, there’s a good hard shot. Let’s take a look at the snap shot. To get more weight in the snap shot, it’s similar to the wrist shot, you wanna get your weight
over the stick, so I’m here, my chest is facing that,
doing a quick snap on that. Instead of just shooting like this, where I’m having my
weight equal on both feet, I basically wanna put
my weight over the puck or move my weight towards the puck, so watch, instead of
just shooting like this, I’m going like this
first and then snapping and it allows me to really
lean on that stick and flex it. You watch guys like Phil Kessel, he’s really good at doing
that, he’ll move over, get that weight on just this one leg, weight over the stick,
lean on it, flex it, and get a really hard shot on that. Let’s take a look at the
snap shot in slow-mo, so here’s a few half-speed
shots giving you an idea of the mechanics and
I’ll walk you through it, so freeze frame right here
is when I’m about to push with that bottom hand
and load up that stick. So I’m gonna pushing through
with the bottom hand, pulling back with the top hand, and you’ll notice a nice bend
in the stick right there. Now when you’re skating,
you can load the stick up even more ’cause you can
weight transfer right onto it, get the weight over the stick even more. So you’ll notice that
when you’re on the ice. Then I’m gonna continue, pull back, push, nice follow through,
good hard shot on that. Alright guys, that wraps
up our five-video series of the building blocks of a good shot. Watch every single video,
hopefully it helps you a lot, really become a better
shooter, and score more goals. If you’re looking for more
details on how to take any of those shots I
was just talking about, check out How To Hockey, I have videos on how to take every type of shot. Also, I’m gonna be adding new ones here from different instructors
on the Hockey Movement, so make sure you subscribe
to both channels. And of course the products that I’m using for this whole series, the
hockey stick is from Cold Hockey, has this cool nano-stell
coating on the bottom. The training aids that I’ve been using, the net is the Easy Goal from Hockey Shot and I’m using the
intermediate shooting pad also from HockeyShot.com, and the shirt, this one, from Scrappers Hockey. If you guys are interested
in any of that stuff, I’ll throw some links down
there in the video description. Thanks a lot for watching the video, thanks for subscribing, I’ll
see you in the next one. (intense music)

100 thoughts on “Flexing the stick – Wristshot, Slapshot and Snapshot – Complete Shot video 5

  1. Jeremy For so e reason even when I don't want to the puck flips of my stick and behind me.I'm a fast guy so if that happens on a breakaway then I'm screwed. So can you do a video on how to control the puck while at top speed or something like that. Thanks.

  2. What is the best street hockey puck for gravel street it is really annoying to have you puck bouncing around when you are trying to stick handle

  3. Hey, Jermey I'm on my second year of house league and want to purchase a shooting and stickhandling package from hockeyshot.com. I was wondering if you could do a review of one of the kits.
    Thank you for your consideration 🙂

  4. i'm 120 pounds so i should get a 60 flex but i'm almost 6 feet… so i gotta have a senior cuz the intermediate are to small and wippy, broke two of em the same day.. so my question is: i want a 60-65 flex but in à senior lenght, how could i get one?

  5. hey guys, great vid as always ! I'm 34 and started to play hockey(roller) a year ago I have a question about stick flex, I've read the guide, and according to that I should be using a 85 flex, (i weight 187 p ) but I still find it hard to flex, so as a begginer would it be better to use and intemediate 75 flex stick ? or would it be too weak for me ? thanks !

  6. Hi Jeremy , I cannot find a video , when camera is facing  front , all videos  about shooting technique are taken from a side of body . I hadn’t  find any video on YouTube that explains shooting technique when the camera is in front .It is very interesting what angle i should lean on my stick and what level I should keep my shoulders.

  7. Thank you, this was very useful especially the advanced way to shoot I will surely try that. This channel and howtohockey are like my online library of never ending hockey tips

  8. Great video!  One big thing you didn't mention though was make sure to keep your hands wide enough apart, which you do very well.  If your hands are too close it makes it much harder to flex the stick.

  9. Man I figured all this out on my own.. but it took a good couple years.  Wish I'd seen this video sooner!  Great stuff.

  10. Hi! I'm 6ft, 146 pounds, i use 80flex stick, but I could flex it only a half an inch. Should i go for intermediate stick (which will be too short for my height)? help me please

  11. From a skating perspective, when you take the snap shot it looks like you have most of your weight to the outside so would a snapshot require the place to be on their outside edge?

  12. Jeremy what is the flex and kick point of that stick you use. Can you mention that in your videos in the future?

  13. I'm about 110 pounds and just got a int. 67 flex stick (I cut it so it's about 80 flex) should I go back to my old stick or just use this one? Because I don't want to waste that money

  14. 85 flex will do anybody good.. I'm now 27 and have played hockey my whole life competitively and have tried 75, 85, 90, 95, and 100 flex over the years.. The brands have different ratings for each flex.. For example an Easton 85 vs CCM 85 flex might not feel the same flex wise.. You also have to take into account kick points and figure out which that you like.. They say lower kicks is good for wrists / snaps and mid kicks are good for clappers.. I found this to be partially true.. But overall I found the 85 flex to be my favourite.. Over the past 4 years it's all I've been using and I've gotten a good feel for it. Find what you like and stick with it.. 👍🏽

  15. Hi Jeremy. Great channel and very valuable videos. i'm 34 year old myself and i have learned a lot from your videos. I have been using wooden stick 'till three weeks ago. Then for the first time i tested composite stick and then bought my own vapor x700 which is far far more better than my old wooden stick (which gladly brake). I have also showed your videos to my son who has now played a little bit over a year in a hockey team and he has advanced a lot from what he started. Keep doing more great videos. Best regards from your two students and fans in Finland.

  16. I watched this video a couple days before a game… had a Fricken bullet come off my wrist shot to the point where the goalie didn't move… and I hit the top 90 leaving me a bar down. I've notice my game get much better just taking some basic pointers and thinking about it while I'm on the ice! thanks Jeremy!!

  17. Hi Jeremy, this series got me working on different components of my snapshot… It kind of worked in the garage but open ice was different. I found I had to simplify the shot and take a couple of the more finicky steps out. And found in games I almost never had the time to pull the puck towards my body so I took that step out. But after a lot of practice I found I got a good feel for getting the snap power/control from the top hand and now I shoot from the mid/toe rather than the heel. Wondering if the choice of blade curve has more of an influence than most people realise… Im on P3/E3/sakic/P92 but want to try something like the old Yzerman as I think the P92 is a bit too open. Which curve did you use for the video? And thanks for sharing the knowledge. (my experience is 7 years playing organised adult rec league if that gives some perspective)

  18. Of all the videos on shooting, these ones transformed my shot. Firstly, it gave me confidence to start practising. And, 17,000 puck shots later I am a much better shooter. My goal is to reach 50,000 puck shots off-ice and see how good my shot is then. Thanks Jeremy!

  19. I like your YouTube channel, but I am realy bad to speak English so don’t laugh
    You are realy good to explain things👌🏻🥅🏒

  20. Something ive learned is that you dont drive down, you drive towards the net. The way your stick is angled, by pushing forward it has the right amount of forward and downward force.

  21. Hello Jeremy ! I have a problem, everytime I tried to flex my stick on the ice with a snapshot, I lost my edge when I try to pull my weight on the stick. What is the problem ? Lack of shoulders/arms strengh ? My shots are okay but I'd like to give them more power. When I'm on the ground on a shooting pad, I can flex the stick with all my weight, but not on the ice, is it because I have more stability on my shoes rather than on my skates? Thanks a lot !

  22. Could you say that a) a snapshot is always shot from the inside leg (weight on it) while b) you can shoot a wristshot on any of them. Is the differentiating factor, thus, in the length and quickness of the release before the actual eh release and follow throug (meaning you can do both from the inside leg but only the longer lasting wristshot from the outside leg)? Thanks in advance, coach.

  23. seriously, thanks coach, i try to use these brilliant advices,, never used composite stick before, and too stiff '85, but ya know hockey is the greatest sport ever.

  24. Thanks a lot Jeremy. What is the major difference in your channels.. why a How to Hockey – Coach Jeremy and a Coach Jeremy channel. ?

  25. At the beginning of the video you kicked out your right leg and used the stick to hold your weight. But at the end you stood on your right leg and put the weight on your stick. Which one is the "proper" way? I'm new to hockey but I think kicking it the right leg like at the beginning of the video would be best so you aren't hanging over to much after your shot and can keep up right to Attack the puck IF you missed

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