The big thing you will realize when you add these hand speed drills to your off-ice goalie training is how poorly coordinated your non-dominant hand is.
Don’t forget, for most of us, that is our glove hand – – might explain why the puck bounces right off my glove and either to the side or the back of the net more often than it ends up snuggled safely out of harm’s way in the pocket.
… that and the fact that I am awful 🙂
Anyway, this progression will make it very clear how big the side to side difference is and how much room you have for improvement.
Luckily, it also gives you the tools to make those improvements, so we are good.
I know you can do all sorts of sports vision drills with light boards and special glasses and computer programs. I think a lot of them are awesome, but I also know that most of you don’t have access, so this is something anyone can do at home, using a couple very low tech tools that you most certainly already have lying around the house.
If you can’t see the video above, just click this link>> https://youtu.be/r_SdVlmoFiY
I tell you in the video, but it is worth repeating, you do not want fatigue to become a limiting factor in this drill, so only go for about 10 seconds at a time and then rest for 20 seconds.
If you want to train your glove and blocker hand to be quick and precise, then they have to move quickly with precision – –sounds so simple when you hear it 🙂
Go get it.
PS – if you have not started your off-season training yet – yesterday was the kick off for the off-season, so you better get on your horse. Need a step-by-step program? Get it here > Complete Off-Season Training For Goalies