As a long-time stick handling and shooting instructor, I've identified five common mistakes or corrections I regularly make when training players. These are critical to get addressed early, because if you don't, you may be limiting reaching your full potential. So let's get started
Improper Top Hand Position – This is where the top hand thumb is positioned on the top of the shaft. Players need to have the side of the thumb on the side of the shaft of the stick to ensure full range of movement.
No Top Hand Wrist Roll – By not having a strong top hand wrist roll, players will have a very rigid and choppy way of handling the puck.
Loose Grip Bottom Hand - For stick handling, the top hand is the controlling hand. Too often, players use the bottom hand as more of the controlling hand. They need to let the top hand do that job. The only time you grip the bottom hand hard is when shooting or making/receiving passes.
Expansion of Reach - One limitation of gripping the stick tight with the bottom hand when stickhandling, is your expansion of reach. If you don't have a loose grip, when trying to bring the puck outside the body, you're giving up an additional 10-20" of reach when separating laterally.
Top Hand Hip Lock – This mistake happens with the player has their top hand outside the body, covering the hip. This type of placement of the top hand limits the player's range of motion and is very restrictive when trying to move the puck around the body.
The top hand needs to be in front of the body, so there is a gap between the top hand and your midsection.
I'm a visual coach whenever I can be. For this blog, I've also put together a quick video showing everything I've mentioned above. Thanks for stopping by and remember to Work Hard and Dream Bigger than Everyone Else!!