There is more than one way to take a wrist shot, read our article to learn about them.
Hand placement on the stick
When shooting your top hand should be holding the top of the stick, and your lower hand should be no more than half way down the shaft of your stick.
When preparing to take a wrist shot, the puck should be behind your stance or in line with your back foot, whichever feels more natural for the individual.
The puck should be around the heel area or the centre of the stick blade, this allows you the control the puck and transfer the power from the shot into the puck.
When you begin to take the shot of your off foot, most of your weight should be on your leg closest to your stick or front leg (as shown below), you then need to transfer even more of your weight to the front leg (leg closest to your hockey stick) at the same time you need to push off with your back and front leg driving more power into the shot.
It’s important to say that a lot of the power in all of the different types of shots on the ice comes from the flexing and unflexing of your stick, some people do not know that the stick adds so much more speed and power into your shots (think of it like a ruler being bent back to flick a rubber/eraser across the room). When shooting remember to lean into the shot, this allows your stick to flex, this process then transferred all the energy (of the stick flexing) to the puck when you release (and unflex your stick). You can generate a lot of flex in your stick, that’s why buying a stick with appropriate flex which is decided by your height, weight and size, so remember to lean into your shot,
Your follow through is important as it decides which direction the pucks goes. By continuing to push through with your shot you will keep the puck on the sticks blade for a longer period of time, this will also ensure you transfer more energy and speed onto the puck and your shot. Push hard with my bottom hand, while pulling back with my top hand. At the end of the follow through, don’t forget to roll your wrists over, and point at where you want the puck to go.
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