Re: best stick handling drills?
posted at 2/22/2013 4:01 PM EST
In response to BadHabitude's comment:
Guys, my training aids.
I got an aluminum shaft. I got this solid steel blade. I got lead flashing from home depot and filled the shaft with lead.
I got weighted and steel pucks
I use hollow play pucks also to try to increase feel.
I made an 'x' out of trex and lined it with bungi cords and bounce it off that for toe ins and similar, you have to hit it just right for it to bounce out clean.
4 foot 2x4 with 'arms' - so this shape |__| with bungi cord in the arms for passing drill. (but puck sometimes bounces over cord)
In development - better pass practice device. I bought a loading dock rubber truck bumper, but not enough bounce. I cut up a tired and stapled it to a piece of pressure treated and it bounces off ok, but not great. I noticed a street hockey puck bounces off my truck tires great, so there is an invention there somewhere.
I've made 'tripods' with scrap wood to stickhandle through.
Stickhandling with eyes shut, yes - and skate *slowly*, yes I've nearly croaked myself. "better" "eyes shut" cheapo kids plastic walmart kids sun visor worn under the chin - you can't see down.
I have blocks under a piece of wood like this o--o--o--o with some gaps just big enough for the puck to get through and I skate over it and stickhandle the puck through the gaps.
And I still get eaten alive at my pickup game, tho I have to say there are former jr players and at least one former d 1 college player in the bunch.
I'm going to start seriously thinking about the extra 80 lbs. of weight I'm carrying around. That might have something to do with it.
BadHab, why the holy heck are you asking us for stickhandling ideas then? It sounds like we should be stealing YOUR ideas. I wouldn't have thought of trying half the crap you just mentioned!