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Rebound Control - low, on-ice, off centre line shots

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The key to controlling low, on-ice shots is to get your stick on as many of these shots as possible. Unless the play is really tight you should be able to get a stick on most low shots simply because of hand speed. Unfortunately many goaltenders have developed the habit of just allowing low shots to hit their pads and rely on pad angle to steer the puck off to the side. In reality this just does not work effectively. The idea is rebound control not "rebound controlled". Understanding this you need to focus on developing your stick usage in practice to steer pucks where you want them to go...either into corners, away from traffic or at least high so it is more difficult for the opposition to control.

So how can we effectively control low shots. Well first, your blocker hand needs to be positioned forward of your body & not resting on your pad or hip. You need that degree of "unlocked" movement so your blocker/stick can function in a smooth, controlled fashion to either left or right.

Next we need to get upper body/shoulder rotation to keep the stick engaged to the surface of the ice & prevent stick toe or heel lift. Also, keeping your head over the puck will facilitate this rotation & give you better vision & improve your post save recovery process as the puck travels into your body area and away.

Don't reach for pucks - allow the puck to come into you & bring your stick back to create a cushion type effect. This will add a superior dimension of stick control and allow more accurate rebound placement, especially on bad angle shots to the far side..

And a last point - always contact the puck to either side below the tops or your pads. This keeps you from reaching and playing the puck to far away from your body thereby diminishing effective control the shot.

 

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