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The backhand shot in hockey is a useful way to put the puck on the net when time is of the essence. It's also a good strategy for beating a goaltender caught out of position, or when your body position relative to the puck and the goal doesn't give you time to prepare for a conventional forehand shot—whether it's a slap shot, wrist shot, or snap shot. It's better to put the puck on the net rather than allow the goalie to recover, or defensemen to move in and knock you off the puck or steal it away while you prepare for another type of shot.
One of the advantages of a backhand shot is the ability to shoot the puck high into the net over the goalie's leg pads, blocker, stick, and glove. This is known as "roofing" the puck, because you're shooting the puck from close to the goal into the top of the goal netting (the roof). This shot is essentially a snap shot but requires a couple of slight modifications. First, you'll want to position the puck in front of your body to take advantage of the blade angle to lift the puck. Cup the puck, then roll your wrists to open the blade. Rolling the wrists puts the blade in an open position to shoot high quickly. Snap the blade by quickly pushing your top hand down and pulling your bottom hand up.
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