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