Here’s your shot
Posted by Dean Holden at March 29th, 2013
by Chris Pryor, 21 March 2013
With the offseason fast approaching, it’s time to think about “How or what can I improve?” This is a perfect time of year to work on the “holes” or weaknesses in your game.
In saying this, one component that you can improve upon is your shooting. Whatever the shot selection may be – backhand, wrist shot or slap shot – the same basic concept holds true that in order to improve your shot, you need to work at it and that means practice, practice and more practice. The more you do it, the better you will become.
There are not too many guarantees in the game, but you can guarantee that your shot will improve if you work at it. If you have a bucket of pucks and shoot these every day (let’s say a couple hundred times), your shot will get better.
Now in saying that, everyone’s shot won’t be pro caliber, but individually your skills will improve. There are some quality shooting schools around that will help you fundamentally, but you still need to shoot pucks in order to improve your shot, plain and simple.
Your wrist shot, snap shot, backhand and slap shot will all get better over time if you want them to, but as in everything else you do, it takes hard work, sacrifice and practice.
Chris Pryor is the director of hockey operations for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is in charge of the amateur and pro scouting departments. A native of St. Paul, Pryor spent eight seasons as a scout for the Flyers. He played parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and New York Islanders.