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Using Your Hand-Eye Coordination to Pull Off a One-Timer

By HockeyShot, 04/23/19, 1:15PM EDT


One-Timer Drill from the OMHA Players Club presented by HockeyShot

Photo Credit: Picture Day Photography

A difficult skill to master but one well worth practicing, the one-timer slap shot can be executed while stationary or in motion. A lot has to go right for it to be successful but little things like angling and body position can have a big impact and save precious seconds on offence. It is an effective shot to use before the defence has an opportunity to set up.

Those learning the one-timer may fan on the shot or not get enough power behind it as they start to become more comfortable with the technique. Like any skill-building exercise, don't get discouraged if it takes a few reps to see results!


Players should set up facing the pass and sideways to the target.

  • Time the backswing so the downward swing begins as the puck approaches.
  • Transfer the weight from the back leg to the stick to the front leg.
  • Lock the wrists as the stick comes into contact with the ice just behind the puck. Snap the wrists on contact with the puck.
  • Keep the blade face closed to keep the puck down and hard.
  • If closer to the net, eliminate the back swing and use a sweeping motion with the face of the blade open to get the puck up quickly.

The one-timer takes a great deal of hand-eye coordination and near-precise timing from the shooter. When it connects, it can leave both defenders and goalies out of position, increasing the chances of scoring a goal.

Join the OMHA Players Club presented by HockeyShot!

Members of the Players Club receive a 20% discount on all HockeyShot products. Download the 5000 Puck, 10,000 Touches and 30/30 challenge tracking sheets and complete the challenges! Work on your hockey skills and be eligible for prizes at the same time!

The OMHA Players Club presented by HockeyShot is comprised of three different challenges that each aim to improve a different hockey skill. The 5000 Puck, 10,000 Touches and the 30/30 Challenge offer unique activities and exercises that will grow and develop the game of a player through fun and repetitive drills. Areas like balance, agility, stick handling, shot accuracy and shot power can all be developed and improved through the OMHA Players Club.

Each challenge has a downloadable tracking sheet where players can chart their progress. There are suggested guidelines for how long it will take to complete each challenge but players can work at their own pace.

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