Hockey Alberta is excited to work with Ali Stead (@never2late2learn.hky) to bring you weekly off-ice skills drills, as part of the Hockey at Home Series.
Ali Stead is a hockey player and social media influencer. Having only started playing hockey a few years ago, she developed her skills quickly, and is now passionate about sharing her love and knowledge for the game. Be sure to check back every Thursday for the latest drill!
Acquiring a soft touch on the backhand can open up new opportunities during gameplay. Here’s a fun drill to improve your backhand control.
Give it a try with these key points in mind:
- Keep knees bent for a strong stance and good weight transfer
- On the backhand flip, roll wrists forward to create a wedge that will get under the puck and create lift
- On the forehand catch, roll wrists forward to trap and cradle the puck with a closed blade
- Look up periodically to scan your environment
For a regressed version, try using a tennis ball instead!
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