August 18th, 2008, 10:24 AM #11
Sorry, typing problems. Last sentence should be: Look at how most teams set up their D on a power play. Right shot on the left, left shot on the right.
August 18th, 2008, 10:38 AM #12
A perfect example of why players do it is Anze's first NHL goal. I'm pretty sure he's right-handed but he plays with a lefty stick. In his first goal, he used his dominant right hand to control the puck while he cut across the slot. That maneuver is pretty hard to do left-handed because it's the weaker of the two limbs. Plus, you wouldn't be able to cut across from right-to-left the way Anze did because of the blade.
August 18th, 2008, 10:54 AM #13
Thanks, I thought it has something to do with the increased stickhandling-possibilities.
Still, I think that I can do far more powerful slapshots when I shoot right, because then my stronger hand can transmit more power. I guess this is while right-handed field hockey players shoot right, they don't need the stickhandling that much.
August 19th, 2008, 01:07 PM #14
Hey Deadmarsh, I spent a week in Mallorca, swimming daily in a liitle cove like the one in your avatar! It's not by the village of Deia, is it?
On the topic of stickhandling, if you've ever played any other sort of racket or club sport (like tennis or golf), it makes sense that you'd want to keep the forehand/backhand distinction the same way. So if you hit a forehand tennis shot with your right hand, then you'll shoot right handed in hockey. Same with golf.
However, if all things are equal starting off without any preconceived notion of handedness, they say that your dominant hand should be on top, because that's the hand that will be doing the most work. Think about it this way: half the time you're playing you've only got one hand (the top) on your stick. Which hand should that be...your strong or weak?
August 19th, 2008, 01:48 PM #15
August 19th, 2008, 04:59 PM #16
i think part of it is where you grow up and what sport you start playing out first. from what i've seen/read/heard most americans are shooting right and are right handed. most americans also started out playing baseball first. a lot of canadians start out playing hockey or have coaches that teach them to use the dominant hand on top. it does help stick handling though and i wish that i started that way.
unfortunately i started out young shooting right since it was the most comfortable for me at the time (i played baseball and tennis first) and i had a lot more power. since i've been shooting right for many many years, it's too hard to switch now.
if you're starting out now and have a choice, do it the right way. but if you've been playing for a long time already, then it's not worth it. unless you plan on playing professionally one day, shooting with the wrong hand isn't going to hurt anyone.
August 19th, 2008, 05:03 PM #17
Also I have read that if you're a right handed player and shoot left, it opens you up more and you can see the whole ice better. if you're a right handed player shooting right, you can see better in closer areas. i tried it out with my lefty blade one game and noticed it too. but i was so frustrated at my weak passes and shots i switched back to right after 2 shifts.
August 20th, 2008, 10:40 AM #18
Having my dominant hand on the top of the stick just feels backwards though.
August 20th, 2008, 03:18 PM #19
yeah...for me too. but when i was younger i could bat both left and right. now if i try to bat left, i feel useless. so for hard shots, i'll feel more comfortable shooting right. but i can see how stick handling would be better on the left. i bring two sticks so that when i play a ****ty team i can play left haha.
August 21st, 2008, 02:10 AM #20
1. Stop focusing on your shot, and concentrate on stickhandling (advancing/protecting the puck & deking is the much more important skill to master).
2. The hand at the top of the stick (knob) is where all the control of the blade should come from. The hand on the middle of the shaft is just (mostly) acting as a fulcrum for leverage and support.
3. Thus, in theory, the dominant hand goes on the top (knob). i.e., right-handers shoot left and vice-versa
4. An ad-hoc way of figuring out your natural preference is to have someone hand you a broom and start sweeping. How you hold the broom will show you how you ought to hold a hockey stick, which dictates what blade curve to get.