How to Tips: Putting More Power into Your Backhand

It’s amazing to me how skilled the game of hockey has gotten over the last decade.   Watch the NHL Network any given night, and you regularly see highlight reel hockey plays and goals.  What’s equally amazing to me is that players are still instructed to keep the puck off the backhand by youth coaches.  Why is this?

The only thing I can come up with is that coaches are more concerned about hockey tactics, winning games and not what’s best for the long-term development of the player.  So what does this mean for you?

It must mean that you are on your own to develop into a complete hockey player, working equally on becoming more proficient, not only on the forehand side of the body but also the backhand side. 

I tell the players I train that whatever you do on the forehand; you have to do equally as well or better on the backhand.  If this is the objective, you’ll soon see yourself breaking away from the competition.

When players think of hockey shooting drills, most would think of ripping forehand wrist shots, snap shots or slap shots.  Very few think of backhand shooting, but I’m hoping you’ll reconsider your thought process and make the backhand side more of a priority.

From a hockey shooting tips perspective, I don’t want you to be half a hockey player.  Balance your shooting training, so you’re taking an equal amount of both forehand and backhand shots.  Mix up the location of your shots, so you become proficient shooting from far out and also in tight.

Viewing nightly NHL game highlights is also a fantastic teaching resource.   Watch the clip over and over, until you have all of the mechanics visually down, and then try to recreate the move or fake, ending with putting the biscuit in the basket.

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