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What are good practices to get players to hit a flat?

What are good practices to get players to hit a flat ball, instead of bobbling around

my name is Lance Grobler from South Africa, i have been coaching hockey at different levels for the last 12 years and have found that in order to keep the ball down, especially on grass one need to create a feelling of keeping the stick low to the ground after impact for as long as possible. (running the stick on the deck)if the stick comes up to quickly, the right side wrist is over working and not the forearms. hope this helps

Mark, There are loads of great technique examples in the Video Technique section,

http://www.sportplan.net/drills/Hockey/Video-Techniques/practiceIndex.jsp

You could also try teaching the slap hit if playing on astroturf.

Slap Hit - direction

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Description: This video is to teach the players about ball position in relation to stance and the direction of the ball
Coaching Points:
  • Ball in line with the feet ball travels at right angles to the stance
  • Ball infront of the line the pass will go left
  • ball behind the line will make the pass go right
  • one other thing that can change the direction and disguse the pass is for the player to bring the wrists through first keeping them ahead of the head of the stick, slicing the ball off the stick.( ball will go further right)
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