HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad Review

HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad  Review

Save Your Stick with this Roll-up Skill Pad that Mimics the Feel of Real Ice!



As is the case with off-ice shooting practice, when working on your stickhandling you need a good slick surface to work on. This is the case for two reasons:

1. To save your stick:

Sticks are expensive these days, and you want to be using your game stick for your off-ice stickhandling and shooting drills.

2. To mimic the ice surface:

It’s no secret that pucks don’t slide well on concrete. You want to work on a surface that will act and feel as close to real ice as possible.

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HockeyShot’s Roll-up Shooting Skill Pad will accomplish both of these objectives. It will protect your stick, and give you a smooth, slick surface on which your pucks will slide and feel just like they would on real ice!

This surface can be used as a shooting pad or a skill pad. It will work really well either way, but I actually prefer it as a skill pad to be used for stickhandling because it is so big. This skill pad is 4′ by 8′ which gives you tons of room to work on your stickhandling and passing skills.

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As the name suggests, this skill pad is made of a flexible material, which means you can roll it up and take it with you or store it. While this is great for portability, the one drawback about this feature is that it takes a little time for it to lay down flat after you’ve had it rolled up. It eventually does stay flat, just leave it on a hard, flat surface whenever possible.

You can pick up the Roll-up Shooting & Skill Pad as a stand alone item, or as part of the Extreme Passing Kit (one timer model).

All in all, this is a fantastic pad that is durable, and versatile enough that you can get many different uses out of it!

Roll-Up Shooting pad

Shooting Pad vs Training Tiles Review

The HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad is the largest Shooting pad on the market today. It’s a great surface to practice off-ice shooting, passing and stickhandling. The roll-up feature makes it very easy for storage or to travel with. This Shooting pad can be used to simulate game situations and make a real difference in your game.


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How to Shoot while Skating

How to take a Slapshot While Skating

The slapshot is a tricky shot to master, before you learn how to take a slapshot while skating I would recommend learning how to take a slapshot while standing still. A lot of people when they are first learning develop some bad habits, so it is important to learn the proper technique. Another important aspect is using your ENTIRE body to get power, not just the arms. For more on that read our article on how to take a slapshot and the follow up articles at the bottom with more info.

Prep the puck

One issue that some players might have is prepping the puck. When shooting while standing still the player will set the puck up, and then shoot. If the player sets the puck up in the same spot while skating the puck could end up a few inches behind by the time you are ready to take the slapshot.

When you are setting up for the slapshot while skating, you have two options. You can either push the puck a little bit ahead and then really skate into it, or just make sure the puck is going the same speed as you, and get a nice quick shot off.

Tips for take a slapshot while skating:

  • Prep the puck by pushing it a bit in front of you, or ensuring it is going the same speed as you are before you wind up
  • Use the entire body to get power, use your arms, core muscles and legs
  • Really push into the shot with your back leg

How to Take a Snapshot While Skating:

The snapshot is a tricky shot so I encourage you to practice it at home. We have an article on how to take a snapshot if you need any tips. On the ice there are a few things to consider, positioning, weight transfer and technique.

Positioning – I find that I have a pretty good shot to goal ration from certain areas of the ice. I always opt for a snapshot when I am in close because it gives the goalie less time to set up (get the puck to the net quicker). I also find I have a more powerful snapshot while on my wing. I’m right handed, and I like to take snapshots while on the right side of the net. When I am on the left I like to cut to the center and take a full wrist shot.

Weight Transfer – Your weight transfer is very important, you want to transfer all your weight onto your front foot, or the foot closest to the blade of your stick. This is the opposite of the leg you transfer weight onto for a wrist shot. You can also take a snapshot from the other leg, it just takes a bit longer to get the shot off.

Technique – The technique to taking a snapshot while skating is a bit tricky

  • Skate in and have the puck on your shooting side, on your side
  • Push off with the leg furthest from the blade of your stick, and sort of lunge onto the other leg
  • While pushing off with your back leg and transferring the weight onto your front leg, pull the puck in towards your body and towards the net

Now use a quick snap from your wrists to elevate the puck and put power on it

20 Stickhandling Drills from USA Hockey

Hockey Stickhandling Tips Every Hockey Player should know

I really have to hand it to USA Hockey here for making a great series of videos. You can see the original page here and I have included the videos below. You can download each video to your computer and watch them whenever you want. I also included the youtube videos below (all the videos combined to a 2 part series) if you want to browse through them and see some of the drills.



What You Need

All you need to complete the drills are a Stickhandling Ball and HockeyShot Shooting Pad

Drill Name

Soft Touch
Around Body
Moving
Hop
Blinders
Golf Balls
PVC and TP tubes
Obstacle Course
Quick Hands
Hand Slide Wide
Yo Yo
Figure 8
Thru Body
Reach Drill
Push-Pull
Stick Flip
Stick Hackey
Toe Tap
Soccer Ball Pass
Balance Board

HockeyShot Professional Shooting Pad

Perfect for anyone who wants to improve their on-ice game at home, the HockeyShot Shooting Pad makes an excellent indoor and outdoor trainer. It simulates the smooth, slick feeling of the rink so you can work on passing, stickhandling and shooting.


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Black Standard 6 oz Pucks

Black Standard 6 oz Puck from HockeyShot™

Standard 6 oz black hockey pucks, official size and weight. Manufactured by In Glas Co, an official supplier of the NHL.

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PassMaster Review

PassMaster Review

The PassMaster is a hockey training aid that is designed to help hockey players work on their passing and one-timers at home or on the ice. The design is fairly simple: one metal triangle with three posts, wrapped with a large elastic band.



Assembly

When you receive the device you get the metal triangle, a large rubber band, some felt pads and some metal spikes. All you have to do is put the rubber band around the posts, and the foam pads on the posts and you are ready to practice.

Price

The Passmaster retails for $99.95.

The idea of the PassMaster is simple. You pass a puck into it and the puck will be passed back. In order to use it off-ice you either need a HockeyShot Shooting Pad to provide a smooth surface for a regular hockey puck to slide on or a Green Biscuit to use on a rough surface. After the Passmaster is put together, there is no set-up time. Just put it in place and you can start passing.

Short Passes

Short passes work great on and off the ice. The PassMaster will send the pucks back to you just as fast as you can pass them in.

Long Passes

Long passes work well, but the elastic band can only pass the puck back so hard. On the ice there is not much friction, so the PassMaster does a great job with long passes (as long as you have good aim!) Off the ice, if you get any further than 15 feet away from the PassMaster, your chances of getting the puck back are greatly reduced. This is mostly due to irregularities in the passing surface like cement or asphalt, and the added friction.

Hard Passes

Hard passes from in close and a distance work great. I was passing the puck into the rubber band about as hard as I could and the PassMaster never failed to return the puck (except for when I hit the metal parts). I did notice that the rubber band seemed to dampen the passes on the return, it seemed like the rubber band was not rebounding the pucks as fast as it should. I put a cinder-block on top of the device to keep it from moving when I was doing the hard passes and that helped quite a bit.

One Timers

One-timers are very easy to practice with the PassMaster. I just set it up off to the side, passed the puck into it, quickly set up and then hammered the shot. With the roll-up shooting pad, there is 8 feet of material between you and the PassMaster so there is enough time to set up. If the shooting pad were any shorter then I think there would not be enough time for a proper wind-up.

Penalty Box

There are a few minor penalties that I need to hand out for the PassMaster. The first issue is with the rubber band, in comparison to a pass rebounder that uses a bungee cord, the rubber band does not work as well. The rubber band does return the puck. But I find that a bungee cord will pass it back with more speed. (The bungee chord set-up has it’s drawbacks as well: the puck tends to go over or under a bungee cord with hard passes)

The next penalty is for the PassMaster movement with hard passes. I expected this to happen, and it is very easy to fix, but I just thought I would mention it. The metal is very heavy though so it barely moves unless you put a really had pass into it.

Scoresheet

  • Heavy duty steel
  • Ability to use it on and off the ice
  • No need to attach it to anything. Just put it wherever you want and practice
  • Very thick rubber band does not let pucks under or over
  • Always returns pucks (unless you put a bad pass into the steel)
  • Three sides so a few people can use it
  • Use it to practice one-timers and passing

PassMaster

PassMaster Hockey Passing Aid

All 3 sides can be used to create unlimited drill possibilities. It’s also a great tool to simulate one-timers and can be used on ice or off-ice. Make a difference in your game today!

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Trion Skate Weights Review

Trion Skate Weight Review

A few months ago we gave you a detailed look at the Trion Skate Weights with our Trion Skate Weights overview. Since then we have had the chance to take the skate weights to the hockey arena and personally test them out. In this post we will give you a full Trion SK8W8 review.



Product Details


The Trion skate weight is a weight that is designed to fit underneath most hockey skates. The weights use a simple wish-bone design that will fit snugly in the gap between the chassis and the boot. The skate weight comes with removable weight plates so you can adjust how much weight you would like to use. There are three types of skate weights, the junior, the original, and the pro. The junior is smaller and comes with two weight plates, while the original comes with three, and the pro comes with four. The model we used in this review was the original skate weight.


For more information on the skate weight and a video of how it fits under the skates be sure to visit our Trion Skate Weight overview

Price

The Trion SK8W8’s sell for about $40 plus shipping, if you visit HockeyShot.com you can find them for $34.95

In the Dressing Room

I took some time to look over the product in the dressing room and fit the weight into my skates. According to HockeyShot.com the original skate weight will fit the following sizes:


  • RBK/CCM 5.5+

  • NIKE/BAUER 6+

  • EASTON 7+

  • GRAF 7 1/2 +

The more weights that the skate weight has, the longer it will be, so that is why the junior fits in smaller sizes, but the pro will only fit in larger sizes.

I was able to fit the original sized skate weight under my size 10 Easton Stealth 9 skates without any problems. I locked the weights into place and gave my skates a good shake to make sure that the weights would not come loose. Everything fit perfectly, and I decided to go with all three weights for an hour long skate.

On The Ice with the Trion Skate Weights


Trion Skate Weight Review from HockeyShot™

I got out on the ice early before shinny started so I had some time for some skating drills. I started with a few hard laps of the rink, then did stop and starts for a few minutes. I wanted to start with some hard skating drills to really test the weights out, I did the usualy lighting drill and zig-zag drill, at this point a few guys were coming on the ice and were probably wondering why I was skating hard. I was surprised that I didn’t really feel a big burn, I skate about 4 times a week though and I am a pretty good skater, so that might have something to do with it. The weights work great under my skates and sometimes I had to check to make sure they were still there.

Playing hockey with the weights on

The skate weights are meant for practices, and skating drills, and are not recommended for games. If you play competitive, or organized hockey then you shouldn’t wear the skate weights, but I was just playing pick-up hockey so I decided to leave them on. We only had 12 skaters, so I got a lot of ice time. I made sure to back check, skate hard for the puck and not just coast around.

To be honest I did not feel much after skating for an hour. I only really did the skating drills for the first 10 minutes, and then left the weights on for half the game. After half an hour I took the skate weight off my left skate, and left the other on to do a comparison. After the full hour of skating my right leg only felt a bit more fatigued then the left. I think because I am already a fairly strong skater the Skate Weight Pro would have been a better fit for me because it is heavier. I only had the original available for testing though.

The Results


Trion Skate Weight Review from HockeyShot™

Using the skate weights was a breeze, they fit nicely under my skates and stayed there almost the entire time. The only time the weights came out was when I blocked a hard pass and the puck hit the weight. I received a few passes in my skates throughout the game and the weights never came out, but there is a chance the weight will come out if the puck hits them.

Leg Burn?

I did not get a deep burn from skating with the weights in, my legs felt like they got a bit of a better workout, but it was not substantial. I am a fairly strong skater though and pretty quick, and also using the original skate weight which is a bit lighter than the pro model.

Overall Thoughts


Here I will give my overall thoughts on the weights, who I think would benefit from them, and the pros and cons

Penalty Box

There aren’t too many negative things to say about the weights. I would have liked a better workout, but it’s partly my own fault for not getting the pro model. The other thing I have to mention is that one weight did come out after being hit with a puck, but the weights are meant for training, not for playing hockey.

Scoresheet

There were quite a few things I liked about the weights



  • Three models available for different skating abilities

  • The design allows for the skates to fit under most skates

  • Adjustable weight inserts allows players to reduce the weight for speed, or use all the weights to help improve power

  • They give you some added resistance when skating


I liked skating with the weights and definitely will use them again. I am going to get the pro models though so I get a bit more of a workout. It will be interesting to see if get faster after skating with them for a few months. I recommend the skate weights to younger players who have good form, and want to build their skating muscles. Remember that the best way to improve your speed and acceleration is with proper technique. If you are already a good skater then get the pro model

Trion Skate weight

The Trion SK8W8 Skate Weights is designed to create resistance when skating in order to improve your skating speed, endurance and strength. The patented design allows the SK8W8 weight to be easily fitted on any hockey skate. The Trion SK8W8 is made from a durable, high impact nylon that can withstand everything on the ice.

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MoveMaster Hockey Puck Review

MoveMaster Hockey Puck Review

If you want to improve your stickhandling and puck control you may be looking for something that will help you develop your skills off-ice. The MoveMaster hockey puck set is designed for this very purpose. We have already given you an in depth look at the product in our MoveMaster product overview, and we will now be testing the product out and giving you a full review.



Price

The MoveMaster hockey pucks sell for around $35. When you buy them you get three pucks, and each puck is specifically designed to help you in a different way. Let’s look at all three pucks, how they are designed, and how they actually worked.

The Muscle Puck

The Muscle puck is made to be bigger than a hockey puck, and heavier than a hockey puck. The Muscle Puck weighs 11.5 ounces and measures 3.7 inches in diameter. The bigger size is supposed to make it easier to maneuver, and the extra weight is supposed to help build the muscles involved in stickhandling.

During our testing of the Muscle Puck we found that it is very easy to stickhandle. The extra size makes it less challenging than a regular puck, and after about 5 minutes of stickhandling we did notice the weight was giving our forearms a bit of a workout. We decided that a big puck would be great for a beginner hockey player who tends to fumble the puck. Starting with a big heavy puck will help the muscles form patterns and learn the proper movements.

The Skillz Puck

This puck is the same size and weight as a hockey puck. You should use this puck if you have graduated from the Muscle Puck. This puck is made to be the same size and weight of a puck, however it does not match the weight and feel of a puck on the ice. We have found that in order for an object to feel like a puck does on the ice, it needs to be a few ounces lighter to compensate for the added friction. The Skillz Puck is still fun to stickhandle with, and is a bit more challenging than the Muscle Puck.

The Speed Puck

The Speed Puck is a teeny tiny puck that is very light. This puck is thinner than a puck, has a smaller circumference than a puck, and is also much lighter than a puck. This puck was designed to help build the fast twitch muscles, and practice repetition.

Stickhandling with this puck is a lot of fun, and much more challenging than using a regular puck. The smaller size makes it harder to control, and the light weight allows a player to quickly move the puck from side to side.

Durability

We practiced with the pucks on a hockey shooting pad and on smooth pavement and they worked great. We found that they work the best on a smooth surface, so we definitely recommend a hockey shooting pad. After extended use there were only superficial scratches and light rubs on the pucks. We did not shoot the pucks at all because the packaging said that they are not for shooting.

Overall Thoughts


Overall we enjoyed the MoveMaster pucks. There are other products on the market that offer different weights, but the unique aspect of the MoveMaster pucks is the different sizes. The combination of the varying weights and sizes will continue to challenge hockey players as their stickhandling and puck control abilities improve. Players who can already dangle may not get much out of this puck set, but if you are a beginner player, or you want to develop quick, soft hands, we recommend the MoveMaster pucks.

In the penalty box

The two downfalls for the pucks would be the price, which is around $40.00 and that they are not for shooting. $40.00 is a bit pricey, but the way I see it, if you learn and develop skills than the money is well spent. I remember buying a set of videos on how to stickhandle for $100 when I was 15, and I still use the moves I learned to this day. I love scoring goals, and I don’t miss the $100 one bit, so if you are actually going to use the pucks then they are worth it.


As far as shooting, I think the best thing for shooting is a hockey puck, and the weighted hockey pucks with the orange rubber.

Score Sheet

There are a lot of things I like about the MoveMaster pucks. Some things you can find in other training aids like the weight differences, but the one unique aspect is the size differences, to give you increasing levels of difficulty. I will list the positive aspects of the pucks below.



  • Different sizes provide increased difficulty to constantly challenge the player

  • Different weights allow players to build muscles, or work on repetition and muscle memory

  • Very durable, especially when used on a hockey shooting pad

  • Easy to use, and feels similar to a puck

Hockey Dryland Training Tiles Review

Hockey Training Tiles Review

As a hockey player it is important to practice shooting and stickhandling on a regular basis. The big problem that most hockey players have though is finding a suitable surface to stickhandle and shoot off of. The biggest problem with shooting and stickhandling on pavement or asphalt is the increased friction. This friction causes the pucks to move slower, and flip all over the place (very annoying). The friction also causes your stick blades to wear out pretty quickly (costs a lot to keep buying blades, or sticks).



In this video we test out the training tiles and show you how well the pucks slide, how to set up the tiles, and if we can park a car on them

Shooting and Stickhandling Surfaces

Hockey Training Dryland Flooring Tiles from HockeyShot™

A great solution is to find a nice smooth surface to shoot and stickhandle on. I have tried a lot of alternatives, but I find each cheap alternative will have a downfall in one way or another. I think that if you are serious about improving your shooting and stickhandling it is important to find a good surface to practice on.

One product that we have reviewed in the past was the hockey shooting pad we also did a video review of the roll-up shooting pad which I really liked. I think the roll up pad is the best option for a small area.

Dryland Training Tiles

We were sent a few boxes of training tiles from HockeyShot for review. Here is some information about the training tiles from the hockey shot website (with our comments in brackets).

Dryland Training Tiles

We were sent a few boxes of training tiles from HockeyShot for review. Here is some information about the training tiles from the hockey shot website (with our comments in brackets).

  • Slipperiest & smoothest material available for stickhandling, shooting & passing! (we”ll see about that)
  • Each tile measures 18″ x 18″ tile (2.25 square feet) and are 1/2″ thick.
  • Comes with 2 beveled edge pieces for easy loading of pucks.
  • Tiles easily attach to each other. Assemble entire hockey flooring area in minutes! (more on this in the review)
  • Perfect for your garage, basement or driveway.
  • Tiles are strong enough for cars to park on, perfect for the garage. (Oh I have to test this out!)

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Review - Tile Dimensions

Quality of Material

The tiles are very sturdy feeling, on the top they feel very smooth, and on the bottom they have a cross pattern across the entire tile. The tiles are not overly rigid, and it doesn’t seem like they would break or shatter with a slapshot (time will tell)

Setting up the Hockey Training Tiles

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This was pretty easy, it took me a little while to figure it out, but I got it. I thought there was a special way to snap them together, but all you need to do is put the clip side over the ring side and then bash press them together.  Each box has 10 tiles, and the tiles measure 18 inches by 18 inches, I set each box up as two rows of 5 tiles.

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Review - Setup

I would say 5 boxes would be enough for most areas like a garage or basement. It gave me a lot of room to stickhandle and practice dekes. I also added a few more toys from hockeyshot to give me a bit more to do.

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Review - Full Training Setup

On the right side is the attack triangle which is a substitute for a defencemen, and on left side, in the corner, we have the pass master. The passmaster will feed the puck back to you if you pass into it. We also have a weighted hockey puck, and a Green Biscuit which is my favourite off ice puck! Check out the video to see them all in action.

Stickhandling and Shooting on the Training Tiles

Stickhandling

I practiced a variety of moves on the shooting tiles, first I just did some basic stickhandling with a regular hockey puck, then moved on to quicker dekes, and toe drags. The tiles held up well too all of my abuse, I was darting back and foreth, moving the puck quickly in all directions and taking a few quick snap shots to finish the move off. The tiles did not come apart at all and most importantly, the puck did not get caught on any edges. I was really impressed at how smoothly the tiles fit together.

Shooting

I was told that you can drive a car onto the tiles and they will not break, so they better be able to withstand the force of a stick while taking a slapshot (I tested both). With 5 boxes of tiles there was plenty of room to take a wristshot, snapshot, and slapshot. I took a bunch of slapshots and did not feel the tiles move at all, and there was no damage either.

Compared to other products

I really like the roll-up shooting pad which is 4 feet wide by 8 feet long and costs $99. With the roll up shooting pad you get the most shooting and stickhandling area for your buck.  A box of 10 training tiles costs $109.50 and gives you 3 feet by 7.5 feet, but the big advantage to the tiles is that you can buy more down the road and increase the area.

Score sheet – Overall Thoughts

I think that these tiles definitely live up to expectations.



  • They were nice and sturdy


  • They fit together nicely with no raised edges


  • The puck and the Green Biscuit slid very well


  • Easy to set up

I would recommend these to anyone who has a garage, basement, or flat open area and wants to start a cool place to practice stickhandling and shooting. Only one question remains though¡­. can you drive a car on it, you will have to watch the video to find out!

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles from HockeyShot™

Any unused space can become a training zone with HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles. These snap-together 18” by 18” tiles simulate the slickness and smoothness of the ice, and are sold individually so you only have to order what you need.


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Extreme Passing Kit – Bungee Model Review

Extreme Passing Kit Review

In this video we give you a detailed extreme passing kit review. I show you a close up of the product, show you how big it is, how the puck slides, and how the pass rebounder works.



As a hockey player you should always be looking for ways to improve your skills. When I was a kid I would practice my shooting and stickhandling on a regular basis in my parents barn, but the biggest problem was finding a good surface to stickhandle on.

Trust me, I tried everything, I kept my eyes open for nice smooth surfaces, I used Plexiglas, laminate flooring, particle board, cardboard.everything. Despite my best efforts, the best surface I ever found was $50 at National Sports for a tiny hockey shooting pad. I used it until it turned black, and eventually misplaced it, but I loved it and I actually practiced a lot more because I knew I had a decent surface to stickhandle on, and shoot from.

Now that I am a bit older I want to help other players who may be going through the same thing I am, so that is why I like to review new products and test them out, it gives other hockey players a chance to see what they are like, and if they are worth buying!

The Extreme Passing Kit Review

The Extreme Passing Kit Review Bungee Model

The Extreme passing kit is a product by hockey shot that is meant to provide hockey players with a smooth surface for stickhandling and shooting, and also a pass rebounder for players to practice passing and one-timers.

Compared to Other Products

The extreme passing kit is similar to the tape 2 tape, and the hockey skill pad, but cheaper with a larger surface area and not so bulky

Out of the Box

The passing kit comes rolled up in a large box.The box is about 4 feet tall, and a foot wide

Size

The extreme passing kit is 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, giving you plenty of room to line up a bunch of pucks in a row for rapid fire slapshots, or practice a few moves before you test them out on the ice.

Set-up instructions

You don’t have to do much to start shooting. The “extreme passing kit” is basically just a roll-up shooting pad with a pass re-bounder built into it. The key is to get the passing kit nice and flat before you start practicing. In order to get it really flat I was told it should be laid flat with something heavy on it for a few days.

For my roll-up shooting pad I just put a sheet of plywood on top, and that worked great!

Detailed Review of the Extreme Passing Kit

Extreme Passing Kit Review
The kit is pretty simple, like I said before it is a roll-up shooting pad with a pass re-bounder. In the picture to the left you can see the re-bounder. The concept is pretty simple, a bungee cord attached to two posts. Could you make something like that yourself? Yeah probably, but this is done professionally, and it is really solid, so you don’t have to struggle with it to get it to work

The bungee cord posts are attached to the back with a solid steel (I think it is aluminum) backing.

Bungee cord vs elastic band

A lot of puck re-bounders in the past have used elastic bands, the problem with these is that the band tends to break after extended use. The Extreme passing kit uses a bungee cord because they are known to last a lot longer than a simple elastic band.

How does the puck slide?

The puck slides great on the shooting pad, one thing I like about the passing kit is the size. My previous shooting pad was big, but this one is huge! I can actually stand on it and pull a few moves. The puck moves just as well on the roll up shooting pad as it does on a hockey shooting pad, and the dry land hockey training tiles. If you want to get even closer to the on ice feeling I recommend the Green Biscuit, you can even use it on rough surfaces.

Passing

Passing is simple, just pass the puck into the bungee cord and it comes back to you. If you have a bad pass (wobbly) the puck will either go over the bungee cord, or come back, but flip over a bit.

If the shooting pad is not nice and flat, the puck will be more likely to roll over the bungee cord and not come back to you. The roll up pad comes rolled up, so to get it flat you should put something heavy around the edges for a few days. I put a sheet of plywood on top and it worked great.

One-Timers

One Timer With The  Extreme Passing Kit From HockeyShot.com

I had a lot fun of practicing my one-timers with this product. It can’t get any simpler, pass the puck into the bungee cord, wind up, then shoot. I would definitely recommend the extreme passing kit rather than just getting one that attaches to a smaller shooting pad. With a smaller shooting pad you will not have a lot of time to set up.

The roll-up shooting pad / extreme passing kit is 8 feet long, so you have a lot of time to set up the one timer. I think this is important because it allows you to focus on proper form and technique.

You can also move the shooting pad around and practice receiving a one timer from different angles.

Shooting

This one is a no-brainer, the roll up pad is perfect for shooting. With some of the small hockey shooting pads you will run out of room if you want to do a full wrist shot with a nice big wind-up.

With the extreme passing kit you can use a full wind-up and then some. Slapshots are great, I was hammering them at full force and the shooting pad held up to all my abuse. Another great option is lining up a bunch of pucks all along the pad, being 8 feet long you can put a puck every foot and practice rapid fire slapshots.

Overall Thoughts

In the penalty box

There are only a few things I would like to mention about the extreme passing kit. The first one is that if  you REALLY fire a puck into the bungee cord it will not send the puck back, I don’t see any point in passing them full force into the bungee cord though so that was not really a problem for me.

The next would be if you have ripples in the shooting pad, and then give a hard pass into the bungee cord, the puck may come a bit off the pad and then go over the bungee cord. I only had this problem if I tried using the extreme passing kit right after I un-rolled it. For the best results, just make sure the roll up shooting pad is nice and flat.

On the scoreboard

I really like the fact that I can practice stickhandling, passing, shooting, and one-timers all with one product. Here are a few benefits of the roll up shooting pad

 

Bungee Extreme Passing Kit



  • Fairly easy to transport ( a bit of a pain to roll up, use a belt to keep it rolled up) much easier to move than a regular hockey shooting pad of the same size


  • Puck slides great
    Puck re-bounder works well


  • Lies nice and flat
    Allows hockey players to practice a number of skills


  • Large area is great for practicing a bunch of different stickhandling moves comfortably


  • Good for practicing the one-timer


If there were a product like this when I was younger I would have bought it in a heartbeat. I am a firm believer in spending money on good products, especially if they will help you better yourself, or improve a skill. Money comes and goes, but when you learn a new skill it will stick with you forever.

HockeyShot Extreme Passing Kit

Quicker wrists and softer hands will help you move the puck better. Work on both with HockeyShot’s Extreme Passing Kit, now featuring a larger front slope for longer rallies and more practice. You can even use it to feed yourself one-timers!


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How To Toe Drag – Off-Ice Tutorial

Stickhandling & Deking Tips

Perfecting the toe drag will give you the ability to move the puck quickly backwards and forwards, and side to side no matter where it is.



Another great advantage to the toe drag is to use it to deke out the opposition or the goalie. There are a number of situations where a quick toe drag can be the best (and prettiest) way to get around the defense. Sometimes the defensemen thinks you have no room to move the puck, but by using the toe of the stick to pull the puck backwards you give yourself more room move the puck. Then you can move it over and up and blow past the D (and look awesome!)

How To Toe Drag

I was hesitant to show people how to toe drag off-ice. I learned how to toe drag with a stickhandling ball, I had it perfected, then I stepped onto the ice and tried it with a puck, not good. The puck flew backwards over, and over, and over. I did have the general motion down, but I had to adjust a bit to get it to work on the ice. I think the biggest problem was that I learned with a ball, and with a lot of friction, but on the ice you use a puck, and there is very little friction. So my best recommendation for learning to toe drag off-ice get a green biscuit, and a hockey shooting pad (I really like the roll up shooting pad).

The toe drag is pretty simple on paper (or computer screen), but actually getting it down is tough, here is how to toe drag

  • Roll your wrists to roll the blade of the stick over, so the toe of the blade of the stick is pointing down
  • Catch the puck with the toe, and pull it backwards (or sideways if the puck is to your side)
  • As the puck is coming backwards, roll your hands back and catch the puck

This is the most basic toe drag, once you get better you can use the toe drag to move the puck straight back, in a J motion, or a wide U to pull the puck from one side of your body, all the way to the other.

Green Biscuit

The Green Biscuit is an off-ice training hockey puck that will help you and your team develop passing and stickhandling skills that will blow your competition away. Try it and you will agree.

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Hockey Shot Shooting Pads & Mats

Perfect for anyone who wants to improve their on-ice game at home, the HockeyShot Shooting Pad makes an excellent indoor and outdoor trainer. It simulates the smooth, slick feeling of the rink so you can work on passing, stickhandling and shooting. And you don’t have to worry about rough asphalt chewing up your blade either.

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Hockeyshot Roll-Up Shooting pad

Shooting Pad vs Training Tiles Review

The HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad is the largest Shooting pad on the market today. It’s a great surface to practice off-ice shooting, passing and stickhandling. The roll-up feature makes it very easy for storage or to travel with. This Shooting pad can be used to simulate game situations and make a real difference in your game.


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The 2 Type of Wrist Shots

Two Types of Wrist Shot

Yes there are two types of wrists shots in hockey, yet I am amazed at how many people are unaware of this fact. A newcomer to the game of hockey asked for some wrist shot tips in a popular hockey forum. Many beer leaguers who have been playing hockey for years tried to help. The problem was that different people were teaching different types of wrist shots as if they were the same type. I could not find one good article that addresses both types of wrist shots so I thought I would clear things up.

Two types of wrist shots:

Both types of wrist shots are commonly used in hockey, and both have their pros and cons. The first one I will discuss is the first type of wrist shot you should learn, and also the most powerful. The second type of wrist shot is great for getting a quick shot off but not quite as powerful as the first.

The most powerful type of wrist shot:

his is the first type of wrist shot you should learn because it teaches the fundamentals of how to take a wrist shot. For this type of wrist shot the player rotates the shoulders and trunk and draws the puck back, and across the body. Rotating at the trunk allows the player to bring the puck further back which will result in a more powerful shot.

The player will now execute the wrist shot by pulling the puck toward the net, rotating the shoulders and trunk towards the net, and transferring weight onto the leg opposite of their stick handiness (right handed shot transfers weight onto left leg)

This type of wrist shot allows the player to derive power from their core muscles, and also allows them to transfer more energy and power into their shot. The puck will be on the blade of the stick longer as well which will also result in more power.

The quick release wrist shot

This type of wrist shot is great if you want to surprise the goalie with a quick snapper. In fact some say this type of wrist shot is a mix between wrist shot and snapshot (it can be depending on how you execute it). For this type of wrist shot the player keeps their chest facing the net and draws the puck behind them, and on their shooting side.

The player then leans into the shot, while quickly snapping the puck towards the net. For this shot the weight is transferred onto the same leg as the way the player shoots (right handed player transfers weight onto right leg) This type of wrist shot derives less power from the core and leg muscles, which results in a weaker shot.

In order to get as much power as possible from this shot the player must learn to use the flex of their stick to help generate power. Some NHL players refer to this as slingshotting the puck at the net ( especially if you have a low flex stick) the loss in power in this shot is made up with the quick set up and release.Know that you know about the two types of wrist shots, you should learn when to use each type of shot.

Where to use the powerful wrist shot

The powerful wrist shot is a great tool for defencemen to use. This type of shot can be used in situations when a slapshot would take to long to set up, or a more accurate shot is needed. My favourite use of this shot is when I am coming into the offensize zone on the off wing, with one defencemen at the blue line. I penetrate the offensive zone near the boards, and the defence will now be near the top of the circle. At this point I push the puck forwards as if I am going to go hard into the corner or dump the puck in. Then I pull the puck back into position for the powerful wrist shot and cut to the cemtre. I shoot for the side of the net that I just came from. I know the goalie will be moving from the side I just came from, to the centre of the net, which gives me a good spot to shoot. The defence can also provide a partial screen which will increase chamces of scoring. (explained in the video as well for all you visual learners)



Where to use quick wrist shots:

The best time to use the quick wrist shot is when you are in close to the net. The faster you can get the shot off the better. My favorite way to score with a quick wrist shot is to skate in, pick a spot and let it rip. The key to scoring this way is accuracy, and not giving any clues that you are going to shoot. A great way to perfect this is to practice executing the quick wrist shot without breaking your stride. Another great way to score with the quick wrist shot is through the five hole. The closer you are to the goalie, the less time the goalie has to close the gap, and the better chance you have to score.

HockeyShot Professional Shooting Pad

Perfect for anyone who wants to improve their on-ice game at home, the HockeyShot Shooting Pad makes an excellent indoor and outdoor trainer. It simulates the smooth, slick feeling of the rink so you can work on passing, stickhandling and shooting.


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