How to Slap Shot a Hockey Puck

This article provides the basics on making a perfect slap-shot or slap-hit. The technique explained here should assist you with lifting the slap shots accurately.


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    Start with the puck between your feet while standing straight towards the puck. Get into a strong stance with your left foot forward and your back foot behind to give yourself balance and strength.
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    Place the puck at about "2 o'clock" to you. Imagine a clock face in front of you with 12 o'clock in front of you.
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    Move your hands right to the top of the stick (the shaft). They should be almost touching.
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    Bend your legs as far as you can so your right knee is almost touching the ground. Your left leg should be in a lunging position.
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    Begin your swing. Lift your stick backwards to about a point where the tip of your stick is about the same height of your shoulder. Don't raise your stick too high or all your strength will be invested in the lifting instead of the shot.
    • Imagine a nail going through the ball and your stick is the hammer, wherever you hit the ball is where the nail sticks into it. And where your imaginary nail sticks out (the other end) is the direction the ball will travel in.
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    Swing the stick (touching the ground) along the floor until it is almost behind you. Once you create contact with the ice, begin follow through and point to your target in one swinging motion.
    • While swinging, be sure to hit the ice before the puck and not the puck itself. (It doesn't matter how hard a shooter you are. If you hit the puck itself, you will ultimately fail).
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    Swing the stick forwards with as much force as possible but make sure you hit the ball clearly.


  • Transfer your weight from back foot to front foot in order gain more power
  • Your first slapper ever will probably not be quite NHL material. Don't lose hope
  • Be sure to close the face of your stick. One common mistake that most people make when aiming a shot is opening the face, you will end up hitting the puck with the bottom of the blade.
  • Make sure your entire swing is in one fluid motion.
  • Make sure the area is clear.
  • When using a composite stick, be sure to use a properly sized stick. Do not use a junior (50 flex) stick if you are 100 pounds.
  • When creating contact with the ice, be sure to make contact somewhere between 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10.2 cm) before the puck. (As a beginner, try to hit the ice closer to the puck. Your flexing will become less demanding).


  • Do not stop at the different parts of the shot to think about your next step. You are better off just trying to swing at the shot without thinking.

Things You'll Need

  • Hockey stick
  • A puck
  • A target
  • An ice surface or shooting area

Article Info

Categories: Field Hockey and Lacrosse | Ice Hockey