The advanced skills for today relate again to what are known as 3D skills. In these particular examples it shows one of the options for lifting the ball over a flat defense stick.
One of the most important parts of this in a game situation is to not get too close to the defender before making this move as it will allow the defender the change to make the tackle before the lift has taken place.
Today's basic skill is the V Drag, this is a fairly common skill but there are a few additional points in the video below which are worth mentioning.
Primarily these relate to the footwork and ball position, done as in the video below it becomes very tough for a defender to make a tackle
With hockey relying on a touch in the attacking D for a goal it is vital to create space to allow time for a shot or to be an option to receive a pass.
The 3D skills shown in the previous blog will help you to create that space, but there may be situations where there is not space for that. The ability to hit the ball on the turn can really help as well as make it incredibly hard for the defender.
It is important to note that the squeeze shot in the demo works best on Waterbased pitches and would not be recommended on Claremont.
Although not specific to the D the video below shows an example of the different skills International players use to create space and beat a player.
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