This video from Reds Hockey Club, Perth, Australia is helpful for learning to dragflick because it slows the clip and directs you to focus on one aspect of the shot.
The coach is Nico Resta from Argentina.
He says there are 15 or 16 points to think about when learning to dragflick and this video looks mostly at three – footwork, body and finishing position.
Grip: Start with your bottom hand in the middle of the stick. You can move it higher as you become more adept.
Feet: Left starts level with the ball.
Back: Chest and back have to be ‘really low’. This is because hand and stick have to parallel with the floor. ‘Always low until you release the ball’.
Here’s another clip of Nico showing off his stick and ball trick skills.
And another of him in action. I love the ball played ahead into space at 6:44 in this clip.
Your ability to perform under pressure can be as important as your physical skills. Here are some tips gleaned from golf…
According to Robin Sieger, author of Golf’s Moment of Truth: How to play under pressure and avoid the choke point, we choke under pressure because we fear something going wrong that is our own fault. We then fail to operate intuitively and our actions stop flowing in the involuntary manner they have been trained to do through practice. We become too self aware.
Fear of losing is a strong emotion. Sieger recommends learning to accept it as part of the process and enjoyment of the sport you love. You’ll eventually get used to it. Rehearse negative scenarios that could happen and think about what you would do to manage any potential situation.
Sieger has clients visualise a stressful situation on the golf course, one which in competition would create tension and the likelihood of a bad shot. While they are visualising this, he then asks them to visualise playing the shot perfectly. This familiarises them with playing a shot under pressure. Golfers, he says, need to rehearse mentally, off the course, what they will do in a pressure situation on it.
“The more we do this, the deeper in our subconscious will we embed the memory of managing pressure on the course. When we find ourselves in competition for real, and face a pressure shot that we have visualised a hundred times or more,we will have the memory of having hit the shot just the way we want it.”4