How to slap hit with added power and deception

The quality of this video isn’t that great – but it still makes some interesting points about how you might be able to make your slap hit a little more powerful. It’s also great on how to slap hit with deception.

Ryde Hockey Club high performance coach Larry McIntosh points out that hand and foot position can affect power. He suggests that hands together at the top of the stick might be the best – but it’s a matter of choice because some players say this feels odd. But with the hands together you can move the wrists more.

Foot position – a wide stance allows for movement through the slap shot and consequently more power.

Deception to the right. There’s also some valuable info in here about the best way to make a slap hit with deception – looking as if you are going to hit it straight but then sending the ball off to the right instead. Larry McIntosh suggests that it’s easier if you receive the ball higher on the stick when you want to make this move. It helps the ball accelerate down the stick and gives you more leeway with the movement. For a more direct hit without deception you would aim to receive the ball a little lower down the shaft of the stick.

How Dutch international Robert van der Horst beats a defender

I love this new video showing Robert van der Horst training and talking about hockey. Check out the brilliant 3D elimination move at 1:40. He moves the ball on his forehand towards the defender’s stick. The defender thinks they are going to get it, but at the last minute he moves the ball over the opponents stick with a twist to the back hand. Amazing skills.

How to score a deflection goal

Deflections and tip-ins are one of the most common ways to score a goal – redirecting the course of a ball hit by a team mate into the goal. Become skilled at it and you’ll be popular with your team.

Deflections are unpredictable for goalies. They pop up, fly wide, spin sideways and are difficult to defend.

Here’s a video with some international goals scored in this way.

Here are some tips to help you score goals by deflecting…

Stick angle: if the goalie is close to you, tilt the head of your stick backwards and this will lift the ball. Impossible to stop. If you’re further away from the goalie be more careful with tilt as it is unpredictable and might make the ball miss the goal. A flat stick might work better as it’s more precise.

Body position: Hands away from body. Hands and eye very close to the ball. Move towards the ball.

In her excellent technical book Field Hockey: Steps to success Elizabeth Anders recommends watching the bottom of the ball rolling towards you. Here’s her advice on how to do a diving deflection.

Field hockey steps to success

In the following video clip, the deflection player tucks himself in behind the goalie. The goalie is watching the original player hit and can’t turn round quick enough to stop the deflection that slips in behind him.

 

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It is important to keep the stick on or near the ground at all time

Move the stick head towards the ball, in line with the path of the ball.Players should not look at the goal during the skill this makes the stick turn and the ball is not likely to be deflected.

It is important that the player deflecting the ball is not standing too wide of the goal (the ball will be deflected over the back line instead).

Just get a stick on it: however which way you do it, the aim is to touch a hard ball that’s coming in just wide of the goal. If you touch it, you stand a chance of scoring.

This England Hockey has some deflection tips at 4:00 minutes in that might help you.

How to score tomahawk backstick goals

Netherlands vs Argentina – Women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Hague Semi Final [12/6/2014]

I love this goal.

There’s a fine tomahawk goal by Dutch player Xan de Waard on this clip around ten minutes into the match (21 minutes in on this video). It’s a textbook example of how to create space by changing pace. She receives the ball in the D and looks for a conventional hit goal but can’t see any space. She changes direction, leaves the defender floundering and then powers in a lovely backstick shot. Wonderful stuff.

The commentator says: “She knows as soon as the ball comes to her and she drives forehand that the defender has to stay reverse stick. She peels back in. Space to swing.”