Fast Hands will Help You Develop Soft, Smooth, Fast, Precise Hands
I recently had the chance to try out the Fast Hands hockey stickhandling training aid. It quickly became one of my favorite pieces of stickhandling equipment of all time! Here’s what it’s all about:
Fast Hands is shaped like a half-octagon, and has five openings, which are just tall enough for a puck to slide under. Each opening has a number, which allows you to prescribe drill sequences to work on various stickhandling skills (i.e. 4, 1, 2, 3)
As good a product as Fast Hands is, what REALLY makes it great is to use the drill sequences from the Fast Hands video. Getting your reps in on the prescribed movements will improve your hands FAST. I improved just making the review video above.
Check out this video for all 25 Fast Hands drills:
My experience with Fast Hands is pretty straight forward: It has been AWESOME. Simple design, lots of versatility, tons of drills, and you can use it both on and off the ice!
The Pylon Plus can be a Great Way to Add Diversity to your Drills
I recently had a chance to check out the Pylon Plus. It’s a great little product, and gives you an easy way to add some diversity to your drills!
What you get
The Pylon Plus comes with the following items:
8 weighted pylons
8 plug inserts
6 extendable hurdles
1 durable carry bag
Instructional booklet with sample drills
Benefits of the Pylon Plus:
Kit extends up to 17 feet (over 5 m)
Can be used on or off ice
Collapsible for easy transportation
I used the Pylon Plus for the first time during a camp I was running. I hadn’t messed with it before, and didn’t set it up properly. This made for a very sub-par experience. However, I realized afterward that I hadn’t pushed the insert plugs in far enough, which made it so the slightest bump would blow the whole unit appart.
After proper assembly, the Pylon Plus is actually quite durable, and can withstand a pretty good jolt without falling appart. So make sure you get those insert plugs set properly, and you’ll have a great time using this one!
The Chaos Drill is a simple and effective hockey stickhandling drill that is sure to get your team flying! Make sure you stress that your players keep their feet moving through the cones, shoot in stride, and KEEP THEIR HEADS UP! As always, here’s the diagram and explanation:
1. players line up in corners
2. one player from each line leaves on the whistle
3. players skate full speed through the cones, keeping their heads up, and feet moving the entire time
4. after deking through the cones, players shoot on respective goalies