June 26th, 2008, 09:04 PM #1
After shooting around with some friends today, I realized something: I couldn't stickhandle to save my life.
Do you guys have any personal tips or drills to practice stickhandling like certain patterns or motions?
June 26th, 2008, 09:25 PM #2
tape 2 x's on your kitchen floor about 3-6 inches from each other, get a golf ball and stickhandle around and in between.
there is a clip of this in jack johnsons before the bigs.
theres a search for stickhandling drills on the youtube.
June 27th, 2008, 11:29 AM #3
Also, incorporate different angles of stickhandling around the two "x" by kneeling down and standing. Do this in motion of kneeling and standing.
Another point is stand at an agle to the "x" so that you develop far and close stickhandling skills.
Another drill is to put down a brick and a stick and stickhandle the puck underneith the stick and catch it on both sides with the hockey stick.
Stick handling is all learned by repetition of repetition. Running and stickhandling is great because now you are learning to use a different set of motions while your feet are doing another. Always try to stick handle in front of you. But practice stickhandling from the right to left side.
Incorporate the use of your feet too. This helps with learning to use the feet and skate with the puck.
June 27th, 2008, 11:36 AM #4
The ole' golfball technique.
When you're ready to incorporate that technique to the ice, go to a stick-time session and take a puck. Then, skate laps both clockwise and couter-clockwise along the boards. Keep the puck on your stick at all times. If you leave it, stop and get it. Then continue. That will teach you to skate with the puck. And when you get good enough, will teach you to stickhandle without looking at the puck.
June 27th, 2008, 03:04 PM #5
You don't mean literally on the stick at all times, you mean like stick handling as I go, right? ( Just making sure )
Originally Posted by The Natural
June 27th, 2008, 03:51 PM #6
In your stride, stick handle.
Originally Posted by Lososaurus
When hitting the corners & behind the net, just carry the puck. Don't get too fancy there. Trust me, you'll start to lose the puck there. The trick is when you begin to lose it, stick handle to keep it on your stick. Just use your instincts and technique you pick up with the golf ball.
If this is too far in advance for you, just go slow and stick handle around the rink. Then, eventually get to that point where you're skating with the puck, keeping it on your tape at all times. It'll help if there are other people on the rink so you'll have to at least move the puck out of their way, which is a cause to stickhandle around them.
June 28th, 2008, 12:02 AM #7
golfball on hard surface, stick handle all widths (close together and far apart), and KEEP YOUR HEAD UP.
June 28th, 2008, 01:30 AM #8
Not a drill, but just some advice. Most of your stickhandling should be done with the back half your blade, not the middle or toe. I've been playing for 6 years and never knew this until last month. Roll your wrists and just keep practicing.
June 28th, 2008, 11:50 AM #9
I guess another related question or situation is that I have an open face blade( sakic ) and it always felt like the puck( well, we were using a ball, inline ) would hop over my stick; Would a closed face blade help remedy this?
June 28th, 2008, 04:23 PM #10
Sticks that have very little wedge are best for stick handling.
In recent year's the Russian players have introduced sticks that have very little wedge except for the tip of the blade. This allows them to stick handle and get a rising shot.
Sticks with to much curve can hinder stick handling.