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Stickhandling Drills To Improve Your Game

March 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

Stick handling drills that can improve your game!

We have all witnessed great hockey players as they show off their mastery of countless stickhandling skills and control the puck from side to side and from front to back around their entire body while manoeuvring past opposing players and eventually the goalie. If you have ever wondered how to improve stickhandling and add speed and control to your game, there are several tips that you can work on with the use of the stick handling plank, the on and off ice training tool that will take your hockey skills to a new level.

Hockey players can use the stick handling plank to improve their technique, precision and skill and develop a great set of hockey hands. It is most important when working through stickhandling drills that you maintain soft hands. Use your top hand for maneuvering the puck and the bottom hand for shooting and passing. By practicing these stickhandling drills, you can practice and learn how to improve stickhandling and take your skills to new heights by passing the puck side to side from your forehand to backhand under the stick handling plank.

Use alone or attach several stick handling planks together with couplers that are included in your kit to create your own custom configurations. Pass the puck through the obstacle course as a stickhandling drill that will sharpen your ability to work the puck around in a real game situation. You can easily link two planks together in a "T" shape to practice your figure 8 puck handling and control the puck in a forward and backward motion as well as from left to right. This move improves your stickhandling speed and precision in a variety of different positions so you can maintain puck possession in different areas of the rink.

Speed and accuracy in your stick handling is the way to open your game so every time you practice these puck handling drills that become the game skills, make sure you are working on moving the puck faster and faster. You can then begin to practice your puck handling drills with your head up to increase your ability to feel the puck with your stick and develop quick hands. For an added challenge, perform these drills with a partner to force yourself to be more aware of your surroundings.

At only two pounds, it's easy to take the stick handling training aid anywhere as the best on and off ice hockey stick handling tool. The plank sections measures 2' long, are made strong and sturdy so they won't bend and are solid enough to be used to form straight lines for stick handling drills. Set two planks approximately five feet apart then practice your wide dekes that you can incorporated into your game and leave your opponents behind.

When you are ready, add a great toe drag to your stick handling drills and learn how to improve stickhandling to deke out an opposing player and increase your goal count. Place the puck out in front of you on your forehand and when the defenseman comes in to take it, pull the puck back with the toe of the stick and maneuver around him and down the ice. Practice a variation of these stick handling drills by tilting your stick so that the heel of the blade goes over the top of the puck then drag it back before you maneuver around and away from your opponent.

You can also use the stick handling plank to work on your saucer pass, practice passing the puck so that it moves through the air flat much like a flying saucer. This puck handling drill will teach you to make a pass that is very difficult to intercept by opposing players and when it lands, it will lay flat on the ice and easy for your teammate to control.

For additional training on or off the ice, the stick handling plank is a flexible tool that you can use alone or with other hockey training equipment. Connect the stick handling plank to the stickhandling snake, a 10' long section of the same material that has a bent configuration to allow hockey players to work on stickhandling drills that have never considered before. If you have ever wondered how to improve stickhandling when ice isn't available, you can use a shooting mat or shooting tiles with the stick handling balls or off ice hockey pucks in conjunction with the stick handling planks to keep your skills sharp.

Thor Josefson is the content manager for hockeytrain.com; a website focused on hockey training aids to assist hockey players in developing hockey skills through fun skill building exercises. Thor played college hockey in Minnesota and has coached with some of the best players in the game.

Check out the hockeytrain.com blog at hockeytrain.com/blog for frequently updated hockey tips and tricks as well as cutting edge hockey training aids.

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