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Jbear

5 Hole and Low Corner Shooters?????

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Hey All,

  Been playing forever (seems) and now I seem to have a lot of time on my hands😠.  Historically, I'm a defenceman, and in college it was all about top-shelf wristers and boomers for me. That's where I scored...consistently.  Now I'm playing in several leagues.  Some are fairly intense and I can still shoot "my style."  Some are more "rec-level" and the last thing I want to do is hurt somebody!  I am trying to use this downtime we all seem to have to strengthen my weaker areas...for me...stickhandling, low corners, and 5 hole!  Stickhandling...I got that...a lot of..uhhh...stickhandling practice.  That one is a pretty straight return...I'm doing it a lot...it's getting better.  On the other hand...I have a mat...a net...and a backstop in the garage.  The net has a tarp on the front...cutouts for the corners and 5-hole.  I can hit corners high all day with my eyes closed.  I cannot consistently keep pucks low, and I can't hit the 5 for money! I'm all around it...inches...It's driving me nuts.  I'm trying to follow through as close to the ice (ground) as possible, rolling my hands, transferring weight, back foot, front foot, being mindful of mechanics...I am getting better over the past few days keeping them low-er...but zero accuracy.  

Any suggestions short of asking my teammates to watch what I am doing and coach me...cuz that's gonna be a while it seems.
Thanks folks!

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Sean Walker recommends aiming for a target no larger than one square of the net mesh. Visualize a laser beam coming from the toe of your blade and consciously aim that laser beam right at the center of the 5-hole, or in your case, maybe at the bottom edge of the middle of that hole. Take a video of your follow-through and see if it's really staying as low to the ground as you think it is. If it isn't, maybe try tying a string across your shooting lane a foot off the ground and follow through with your blade under the string. Lower the string as much as possible. You could also check the video to see where your stick actually is when the puck comes off the blade and see if you can release it a little bit later in your shooting motion.

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