5 Ways To Be More Deceptive With The Puck
Below we’ve outlined 5 ways to be more deceptive with the puck. As the game continues to evolve, it is becoming more and more important to have elite deception and hockey sense. Learning to be deceptive with the puck is a must for those looking to produce consistent offense at all levels.
First, what does thinking ahead of the play mean….
Thinking ahead of the play is the key concept here. Thinking ahead of the play with the puck is when you lead your opponent to think you’re doing one thing but you intend to do another. We always want to be one step ahead of our opponents, this is what makes the Wayne Gretzky’s, Patrick Kane’s, Johnny Gaudreau’s of the world so lethal! Below are a few ways you can start to play like these great players.
1 – Use your eyes. When passing or shooting sometimes the best disguise is to look one way and pass or shoot the other. The top players in the NHL are constantly using their eyes to their advantage. See below…
2 – Disguise your speed. Going the same speed all of the time is very predictable, at the higher levels everyone can skate well enough to match and angle you. So it’s crucial that you use crossovers or small bursts within your linear stride to change the pace of your skating. See ex. below.
3 – Use the positioning of your feet to give defenders the idea you are turning one way when in fact you are going the opposite. See ex. below.
4 – Position the puck in the place where you have multiple options (double or tripe threat). Put the puck in a place where you can shoot or pass. See ex. below.
5 – Use ’10 and 2′ skating technique also called a ‘mohawk’ to give yourself multiple layers of deception. See ex. below.
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