For lacrosse players, shooting accuracy is critical and it’s a skill that needs to be developed whether the player is moving directly toward the goal or from side-to-side. It requires practice, but also involves multiple muscle groups that need to be exercised and developed. Positioning also comes into play.
It’s important to remember that even highly-skilled players go back to basics periodically to keep their abilities sharp. The following tips will help players at any skill level improve their shooting accuracy.
Holding the Stick
Holding the stick properly is essential for control, accuracy, speed and power. To maximize the power of a shot, players should be holding it as close to the butt end as possible while maintaining a solid and comfortable grip.
PositIon the Body
It’s extremely important that players position their body properly for the shot they’re trying to take. The stance must be comfortable and allow the player to move freely. The shoulders should be at about a 90 degree angle to the target and if the player is right-handed, place the left foot slightly forward and vice-versa for left-handed players.
Lower Body Strength
One of the most important things to remember is to step into the shot while pointing the forward foot at the target. By swiveling the hips just prior to releasing the shot, players will be generating maximum power. Players will be rotating their shoulder along with their hip to increase the power of their swing.
Arms and Wrists
The wrists and arms are often overlooked by players as part of a successful shot. Part of a successful follow through relies on snapping the wrist to prevent the ball from going off target.
Train Both Hands
Repetition really does make a difference and 100 practice shots a day can really make a difference. It’s essential that players practice all their moves using both hands. The best players are fluid in their moves whether they’re shooting from the right or the left.