It is difficult to define the correct technique; if a player is quick and highly successful, a teacher should question whether to change a player's style. However, it is recognised that only the flat, German style hit is effective on a water-based pitch, as other techniques tend to make the ball rise. It is highly desirable to teach the following:
Bringing the hands together quickly not necessarily right at the top of the stick. Hold stick firmly. Body should be side on, left shoulder pointing in the direction of the hit. A minimal back swing is required to enable the player to make a quick hit or shot at goal. Head remains still - eyes move only. Weight is transferred from back foot to front foot in the action of hitting, this provides much of the power. Keep wrists firm in follow through.Encourage players to practice hitting on the move at a target with a ball each Â perhaps to the side of the pitch to get plenty of practice as hitting in pairs to start with tends to result in lack of accuracy and less attempts.Encourage players to experiment with shooting off either foot. Players should push the ball slightly ahead as they prepare to shoot just before the D.