How To Shoot In Stride
Do you want to score more goals? Well then, it’s time to learn how to shoot in stride! To do so, I’ve outlined a progression for getting comfortable shooting the puck in stride, off of either foot. There are a number of ways to learn this technique but this method is proven and reliable. After reading and practicing the progression, please let me know what you think by commenting below!
Keys To Shooting In Stride
- Becoming comfortable doing two things at once. Moving feet + releasing a shot.
- Activating your legs, abs, and upper body to increase the flex of the stick.
- Being able to shoot off of either leg.
- Staying square to the net to increase accuracy and pressure on stick.
Step By Step Shooting In Stride Progression
Step 1. Practice passing with your feet moving (both linear forward strides and crossover strides). If you can’t pass with your feet moving, you won’t be able to shoot!
Step 2. Next, move to actually shooting the puck without stopping your feet. Although you may not be producing quality shots to start, you will become more comfortable releasing the puck with your feet moving.
Step 3. Standing stationary, now isolate releasing the shot while landing on either foot. This will allow the players to get comfortable releasing off the landing motion (of either foot) and also practice the use of downward force to improve shot release and speed. After doing this stationary, start to add a few strides in.
Step 4. At full speed, practice releasing the shot off of the inside leg. Practice this both with forward striding and cross over-strides.
Step 5. At full speed, practice releasing the shot off of the outside leg. Practice this both with forward striding and cross over-strides.
Step 7. Now, work on receiving the puck and shooting while staying in your skating motion. Focus on shifting your weight upon receipt of puck and releasing the shot in one fluid motion. Get comfortable shooting off either foot depending on what side the pass came from.
Step 8. Add pressure from a defender to cut down the time and space available to the shooter.
Step 9. Finally, apply the learned skill (shooting in stride) to a game situation drill, or in an actual game!