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Hockey players love the wrist shot for its quickness and the slap shot for its power, but it's the snap shot that often beats the goalie and buries a rebound or loose puck in front of the net. Knowing how to get the shot off quickly is key. Often, the snap shot puts the puck in the net while the goalie is out of position from a previous shot or a great pass from a teammate. However you get the puck on your stick, you can learn to snap it through an opening before the goalie closes it. The snap shot can have good speed on it, but by its nature and the lack of a windup, it's generally the slowest of the shots. Its value is in deception and quickness. With a slap shot, the goalie sees you raise your stick into position. The wrist shot starts with a reach back and weight shift. But the snap shot can go from stick handling to shot without any change in motion.
The snap shot often happens on the move without preparation but there are ways to be prepared when the opportunity arises.
Being able to get off a snap shot quickly is key. There shouldn't be any windup, preparation, or positioning to slow the shot. Work on the shot until it's a natural reaction. The puck appears on your stick, the goalie is down revealing the net, and your stick buries the puck. If you're thinking about taking a shot, you might miss your opportunity. You should see the net and hit it. That quick. Practice all around the goal snapping pucks into the net from different angles, elevating the puck, or slipping it inside a post before the goalie slides across the crease to shut the door.
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