Hockey: The Clip Hit

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Shane, Hockey Coach

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Objective: To master the clip hit, often used as a progression to the full hit, but also very effective in a game situation.

Purpose: It is a quicker hit than a full swing hit due to the fact the hands are lower down the stick, shorterning the swing and menaing you can get a quick hit away under pressure. 

Structure: Pairs 

 

COACHING POINTS

Grip

  • ‘V' between thumb and index finger runs down the edge of the stick
  • Right and left hand touching - This way they work together rather than in opposition.
  • Grip down the stick to maximise control.

Stick

  • Start with the stick against the ball to give a natural position for the stick to return to.
  • First get the player to hit using only their wrists to establish their role as early as possible.

Ball

  • Make sure the ball position is just inside the left heel to strike through the ball cleanly.

Body

  • Left shoulder pointed towards receiver.
  • Have knees bent 90 degrees.
  • Butt of the stick level with the kneecaps.

Body

  • in a balanced body position (get them to hold their position after the hit to test their balanced position).
  • Weight over left foot and toe of stick pointed towards the sky.

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