There’s a machine available to help you learn to dragflick. It’s what amounts to an elevated platform. It’s called the Sleeppush – and looks like a mini ski slope. But does it work – and can you buy one?
From the image above, I’m also thinking could you make your own improvised one with a plank of varnished wood propped up one end?
From the scant info available on the manufacturer’s website http://www.sleeppush.nl it looks as if it’s main benefits are that you can train longer with more repetitions because the elevated platform reduces the risk of pain or injury.
It’s also easier to lift the ball towards the goal.
I’d be interested to see how this translates into helping a player improve their actual dragflick from the ground position.
There’s an interesting discussion about it on the excellent Field Hockey Forum.
In response to a ‘how does it work’ query, Hans-Pieter van Beek, who seems to be either the retailer or inventor, posts in response.
“As there is a higher ball position there is less pressure on your knees ankles back and therefore it is more easy to master the technic without getting tired or injured.
“Also there is an innovating S-curve to help you master the right balposition. And as you can see in our movies there is a lot of fun for the kids. Because the kids will succeed easily they will keep interest for developing and training their dragflick.
The website with info about it is http://www.sleeppush.nl. The contact details are
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com but neither of these addresses seem to be working – mail just bounces back.
I can’t find a price at the moment – but I will continue to try and contact the suppliers and post on here if I get any more info. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be available outside the Netherlands.
If you’ve experience of this machine or any thoughts about whether it might work or not, I’d love to hear from you.