Today's basic skill is the hit, as can be seen on the video below with a consistent technique this can be used to move the ball accurately at pace.
Hitting tends to be the technique that varies most from player to player and if you are in a position where you can consistently hit it where you want it is often better to make minor changes than to completely change to reflect the video technique.
Although not mentioned in the videos the most important step to improving the various skills is to give yourself a target. Particularly during shooting drills you will see a lot of players aimlessly swinging, this leads to celebrating when a goal is scored or disappointment when not. However this is only useful if you gave yourself a particular area to aim at, if you aim at the right side and consistently miss the left post you at least can see that happening and we can work at adjusting technique where needed.
This is a skill most often used on a bouncing ball on the reverse side as it is generally easier and more powerful to use the standard reverse stick technique.
Although not a skill that is required too often it is certainly something worth knowing for attacking players, it is especially effective if hit with a short and fast swing due to the surprise element
With the Jersey hockey season only a few weeks away and both the Hockey World Cup and Commonwealth Games hockey recently completed I thought it would be a good chance to link to some tutorials on how to perform some of higher level skills shown during these events.
1st up is the Reverse Hit, as can be seen on the below video, most of the best world cup goals involved a reverse stick hit.
The 2 videos below show the correct technique for the reverse stick hit
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