Working on your stickhandling is one of the easier skills to practice at home as no net is required. There are many drills you can practice to improve your hand-eye coordination and be comfortable with the puck on your stick.
The V and X drills are excellent exercises to help reinforce the proper mechanics of your hands when stickhandling. One way to make sure you’re using your top hand correctly is to think of opening and closing your top hand’s palm. When the puck is on the backhand side your top palm will be closed and facing down cupping the puck. On your forehand you palm will be open, cupping the puck.
Remember to maintain a light grip with your bottom hand – this will allow your top hand to move easily from the open to closed position on the forehand and backhand. If your grip is too tight your top hand movement will be restricted and you will lose control of the puck.
Wearing your gloves when practicing will help to more closely re-create game-like situations.
Keep the puck in your peripheral vision which to remain aware of your surroundings, which is important in game situations.
Along with a stick and puck, all you need is coloured chalk or tape to make the markings.
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