How to Get a Better Lacrosse Shot

Two Methods:Increase Shot Speed or PowerIncrease Shot Power

A crucial part of your game as a lacrosse player is your shot, especially for midfielders and attack. Here's a few tips to help you improve your shot's speed and accuracy in the great sport of lacrosse.

Method 1
Increase Shot Speed or Power

  1. 1
    Hold your stick correctly. It is easiest to generate power with your bottom hand as close to the butt end of the stick as possible. This maximizes the power generated by the shaft. Your top hand should be around ten inches away from your bottom hand, or whatever feels the most comfortable.
  2. 2
    Position your body correctly. If you are shooting righty, place your left foot out front and vice versa. Point your shoulders at an angle close to perpendicular to your target.
  3. 3
    Generate maximum power from your lower body. Be sure to step into your shot. It is important that as you step into your shot, you should point your front foot at your target. As you are about to release your shot, swivel your hips and push off the ground with your legs, maximizing torque. Also, be sure to rotate your shoulders with your hips to increase the power generated.
  4. 4
    Bring your arms and wrists into action. Your release should be about three quarters, or halfway, between straight up and down and sideways. As you follow through, it is important to snap your wrists over to keep the ball from flying off target.
  5. 5
    Practice as much as you can. Try taking at least 100 shots on both hands (righty and lefty) every day, at the least. Then, work on combining shot power and accuracy to become one of the best shooters on the field!

Method 2
Increase Shot Power

  1. 1
    Don't worry about the speed and power of your shot quite yet. The main way to increase accuracy is through loads of repetition, practice, and dedication. It is important to understand that a part of becoming a better lacrosse player includes enduring those states of frustration and anger to get to the feelings that derive from winning those big games and scoring a nice goal.
  2. 2
    Bring as many balls as you can out to a net and create targets in the four corners. The targets could be as simple as empty water bottles hanging in the corners. Start with the top left corner. Shoot at it five times with both hands.
    • Do the same for the top right, then bottom right, then bottom left, then finally the bottom center of the net. Repeat until you can hit your target three out of five shots on both hands in each area. This will ensure that you are able to hit the general area desired every time you shoot.
  3. 3
    Try to hit your targets on the run. You can simulate running off of a pick and shooting, or catching and shooting quickly from closer range. This will prepare you for almost any game situation where a well placed shot could mean the difference between an easy save and a sweet goal.
  4. 4
    Keep practicing. Set new goals for yourself. Try to increase your speed while maintaining the accuracy of your shot. Most of all, keep improving. Your shot can always be better, and a better shot makes you a better lacrosse player.


  • Invest in a large quantity of good quality lacrosse balls, and a bucket or bag to keep them in. Try not to let them get "greasy" or slippery, as this will change how your shot will be than with a new, grippier ball.

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