Definition of Different Types of Shots in a Hockey Game

Updated on July 27, 2021

There are different types of shots in a hockey game that a hockey player needs to perfect through practice and hard work. Consistency is the key to scoring properly executed shots. Only perfecting one type of shot will not be enough to be the best player in the game.

Good hockey players know that perfecting all types of shots will help them in the various situations that arise during the game. So they prepare beforehand for this. Let’s look at the four different types of shots in a hockey game.

1) Slap shot

Slap shot is the most thrilling, loud, and fast shot in the game of hockey that every player wants to master.  Due to its power and speed, players can score this shot from far away. However, its success rate is quite low. This is because this shot requires time to wind up and move weight from back to front skate to ensure there’s enough power to shoot the shot, which requires great hockey Astros.

And during this time, the goalie and the defensive players get enough time to prepare to block the shot. But due to its power, it can be difficult to block and maybe score even when it appears difficult.

2) Wrist shot

Around half of the successful scores are from wrist shots. This shot requires quickness and the element of surprise. Even with less speed, the puck can be shot with power. This type of shot has two further different categories. One is quicker, which is more like the snapshot, and the other one is sent with more power and is closer to the slap shot.

The quick shot carries the surprise element, and the goolie will be confused whether you are looking for a way, passing or shooting the shot. On the other hand, the powerful wrist shot adds speed and power to the shot, which also takes the goolie by surprise.

 3) Snapshot

There’s speed and surprise in the snapshot. This shot is usually employed when the puck rebounds and ricochets your way. Or in a situation where you take the puck away from the defensive player and are present in front of the net with another defensive player ready to defend their goal. In this shot, there is no time to think, move and contemplate; you need to shoot or pass the puck. A successful snapshot requires moving the puck towards the goal and immediately shooting it before you are blocked.

4) Backhand

Backhand shots are quick, lethal, and deceptive. When players find themselves in a bad sticky situation, this shot comes as a quick solution. When you are near the goal and have the puck on the backhand side, then you can easily shoot this shot while also keeping the puck safe from defensive players. It is best to shoot this shot when near the goal. This shot also requires immediate action before the defense players or the goalies react.

In conclusion

These hockey shots may appear similar and can be confusing for new players. This is why the practice of these hockey shots is important to shoot a successful shot whenever the situation arises. To avoid being confused and slow in reacting during the game, it is vital to consistently practice each shot and perfect them.

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