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Stickhandling Series - 5 Puck Handling

Skill Drills

This is Drill #11 in the HockeyShot Stickhandling Series. Create good stickhandling habits when you work on this basic drill. This is a drill you can create with just some pucks. View the video and follow the techniques below.

For this drill you will use the same hockey and hand position as you did in the basic stick handling drill. Place a stick in front of you and use a stick handling ball like the Swedish Stickhandling Ball or the smart hockey ball. Roll your wrist, flip the ball over the stick and catch it on the other side.

Execute these skills by rolling your wrists and cupping the puck on your forehand and backhand. Extend your reach from side to side and forward to back by keeping your arms relaxed and your bottom hand in a loose but firm grip on the shaft.

  • Flexible rolling action with your top wrist to cup the puck
  • Keep your arms relaxed and your bottom hand in a loose but firm grip
  • Use various skills (such as: figure 8, forehand and backhand toe drag)
  • Maintain controlled, fluent movement and feel the puck on the center of your blade
  • Start slowly and progress faster once you feel comfortable with the stick handling action
  • Keep your head up and use your peripheral vision to see the puck