One of the best ways to score goals in hockey is through short corners, used well they can be incredibly difficult to stop and regularly scoring them creates pressure on the opposition defence who know that any foul in the D is likely to cost a goal. This often means that more space and clearer chances occur in open play.
Regardless of the routines that each team has they will always be reliant on 2 skills.
The short corner injection and subsequent stop.
With the Injection it is important that the ball is both fast and accurate to allow a stick stop to take place with the defensive runner as far away as possible. Equally important is that the ball out is kept along the ground to make it as easy as possible to stop.
Without the 2 skills above it will be almost impossible for any short corner routines to be run successfully
Although you can use any outfield skill for the injection the method shown below is generally the best option. This gives some deception as to when the ball will take place as well as being both quick and accurate as well as near impossible to lift.
Although not mentioned in the video, extra power can and should be gained by also driving the right foot towards the target.
The 2nd skill is often known as either the stop or trap.
There are multiple methods for the trap but the 2 most common are shown on the video below, a successfully stopped ball can be rolled into the D for a 1st time hit or left stationery for a drag flick. Often this choice is down to player who is looking to take the straight strike.
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