Now that you know how it feels to properly open/close the blade when performing a wrist shot from heel to toe, it’s time to master your release timing. In a typical wrist shot, the puck will start in one position, and then as the shot is initiated, it will move forward along the ice towards the target before it actually comes off the blade. When you’re first learning, the distance the puck travels before releasing is expected to be longer than a more experienced shooter. One thing that everyone can do however, is be mindful of the timing of the release. Or in other words, where the puck is relative to your body when you do release the puck.
When talking about the optimal release timing, it’s important that you keep the puck (and your body) in a powerful and controlled position. If the puck is too far forward when you release, you will miss out on a lot of potential power… if the puck is too far behind you then it will be very hard to improve your accuracy and your power will suffer as well.
Pay close attention to where the puck is being released in the video above. The puck should start to come off the blade roughly where the foot closest to the net makes contact with the ground. We’ll get more into weight transfer and how to shoot by stepping on either foot later on in the course.
2 Tips For Success
Try to release the puck where (and when) your foot closest to the net makes contact with the ground as you transfer your weight
Release the puck from different positions to feel the difference in how the puck comes off the blade
2 Common Mistakes
Letting the puck move too far forward before releasing in an attempt to raise the puck without focusing on power/timing
Finding one way that works for you without dialing in the optimal release timing first (too focused on the outcome and not on the timing/feel)
What To Practice
The goal should be to get a feel for where your release sweet spot is. When you find this release point your shot should feel slightly more powerful and accurate. If it’s not, don’t worry. It will take some time for most people to get used to shooting from that ideal pocket, and some of our tips later on in this course will help you to execute the wrist shot even better.