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January 28, 2018
An interesting feature of hockey is something called “luck”. Players are considered lucky if they inherit something called “natural talent.”
The biggest “hidden trap” is when the players who don’t think they have enough “natural talent” attempt to change their odds of making the NHL through something called coaching.
The hidden trap is: What coaches say is different than what NHL players do.
So when players listen to their coaches – they don’t get NHL results.
Then what explains NHL players?
Right now, only players who are Drone Coach Resistant make the NHL.
What special quality makes them Drone Coach Resistant? Something we call “Feel Your Body Learning”. It is a preference to learn by feeling a movement. Players who use “Feel Your Body Learning” trust their body to figure out the best mechanics for the task.
Basically, when a player feels themselves doing a movement with the Magic Mechanics – it FEELS SO GOOD that they never want to do anything else. Once it is felt – it cannot be unfelt. And so Drone Coaches can’t coach it out of them.
They are Drone Coach Resistant.
It is interesting when Hockey Wizards repeat the Drone Advice they receive – but DO THE OPPOSITE.
An example of this is “leaning on your stick”.
Leaning on your stick is a bad cue. It teaches an emphasis on bottom hand pressure. When 90% of players hear this advice, they use bottom hand pressure. Then they get off balance. Then they can’t shoot hard in challenging situations. This sucks for them.
Instead, correct cueing for a wrist shot involves top hand pull, hip twist, and knee cave. Then the bottom hand pressure comes naturally.
Isn’t that interesting?
The 10% who are great shooters (top hand pull, hip twist, knee cave) lean into a shot a bit more with the bottom hand. Then they agree that the cue works. So now they repeat it to others. But that cue didn’t explain their shot. Their other mechanics did.
But then the other 90% lose out on a great shot.
I have a great friend who is a GREAT shooter. He has one of the hardest shots I’ve ever seen. He tells me to “just lean on your stick”.
(It didn’t help.)
Once I set up my “Perfect Skill System” and compared my shot to Patrik Laine’s – I made a couple of tweaks that made an immediate improvement. I dropped my back knee more and I pull my top hand at a different angle.
BAM – I never shot SO HARD IN MY LIFE.
So my friend with a great shot gave me the wrong advice. Advice he did not follow in the first place.
It’s backwards. But that’s the way it is.
Starting today, you approach skill development with more clarity than ever because you’re aware of Hidden Traps.
What coaches say and what great players do is often different.
Advice that great players give is usually repeated Drone Advice.
And players who want to WIN more need to become Drone Coach Resistant. Not by telling their coaches to f&^* off. Not by ignoring their coaches. Not by hiring new coaches.
- Using the Feel Your Body Learning System
- Studying NHL players directly and learning their Magic Mechanics – using the Perfect Skill System
- Getting the RIGHT CUES to improve their skills.
With your new perspective, you have an advantage over 90% of players. You now have a mental framework to evaluate coaching advice and to only use the advice that works. The advice that you invest time, money, and energy into.
Some of you may want to take action on this new perspective. So I’ve created a few resources for you.
If you’d like to learn more about the Feel Your Body Learning System you can click here.
If you’d like to learn more about the Perfect Skill System, you can learn more by clicking here.
If you’d like like to access Train 2.0’s simple, trusted and measurable cues you can learn more by clicking here.
I wish you the best of luck in avoiding the Hidden Traps and taking the straight path to your success.
January 28, 2018
The Perfect Skill System is a system that combines science, technology and psychology to help players master skills at the fastest possible rate.
Players who master the Magic Mechanics of hockey the fastest have the best chance of winning.
Today, most coaches use a combination of guesswork and voodoo magic to teach hockey players. Or at least that’s how it appears. However, they use words like “experience”, “common sense”, and “resume” as code words – because it sounds better that way. Very few coaches use an “evidence-based” approach.
Many players and parents seem to be okay with guesswork and voodoo magic coaching philosophies.
But at Train 2.0, we call this Drone Coaching.
Some players and parents do not find this type of coaching acceptable. If they invest in coaching, they expect it to produce results. They expect the instructions to be simple, trusted, and to provide measurable progress.
For those players who want simple and trusted instructions with measurable progress, I introduce the “Perfect Skill System.”
When players use the Perfect Skill System they experience NHL level learning. They engage the most powerful learning engines in their brain. And they turn on their Feel Your Body Learning circuits.
How? (This is the science part)
Through instant video feedback compared to NHL players.
How do we achieve this? (This is the technology part).
We place two iPads side by side. One playing an NHL player’s skill. Another with a time delayed video of the player.
Why does it work so well? (That is the neuro-psychology part)
When the player compares their video to the NHLer’s video (let’s say Auston Matthews’ wrist shot), circuits in the brain automatically compare and contrast the movement. The player immediately and unconsciously makes adjustments to their shooting technique to more closely mirror Matthews.
It is an exciting time. Technology opens up new possibilities.
Here’s the system in action:
- 2 Tripods
- 2 iPad Mounts
- 2 iPads
- 1 Video Delay App
- 1 Video Looping App
- Clips of NHLers performing skills
If players want to learn a skill in record time – they can.
If a parent wants to save money on coaching – they can.
If coaches want to dramatically increase the skill of their players – they can.
The system is simple and flexible.
Notes On Saving Money:
Idea #1: Rather than use iPads, you could use an Android Tablet or phone in the place of one iPad (the looping video one)
Idea #2: Rather than use the second iPad you could just use a tablet for the video replay (you still need at least one tablet)
Idea #3: You can get used tripods for $20 each – but the tablet mounts generally cost $40-50 each (Total investment could be as low as $300 depending on what you already own)
Idea #4: Parents often feel pressured to spend thousands of thousands of dollars on “elite” teams with great “development” programs. The truth is that most “elite” teams with great “development” are designed to make money (from parents). For a few hundred dollars, parents and players can use a Skill Development System that beats any development on these “elite” teams. (Unless those teams use the Perfect Skill System). Players love using the Perfect Skill System! And they see noticeable results much faster than any other system I’ve seen.
Some of you might wonder if the Perfect Skill System stops at two iPads, two tripods and a couple apps. It doesn’t. I envision this system evolving to include a drone that tracks players movement while the player wears a heads up display in their helmet. And the drone broadcasts the time delayed video replay of the players movement to the heads up display. The time delayed video is side-by-side with the NHLer’s clip. I imagine that each player on the team would wear one of these heads up units and would be able to review their rep during every drill while waiting in line. Perhaps even after a shift in a game.
Players show a huge improvement every time I show them video of their play and compare it to NHLers. That’s what gave me the idea for this version of the Perfect Skill System. Now with the increased frequency, players make adjustments with surprising speed. Getting increased visual feedback with the Drone – Heads Up Display version takes the system to the next level.
The Golden Age:
Hockey is moving out of the dark age. The shift has already occurred. You might be able to feel it.
The smart players, parents, and coaches are getting too good. They’re starting to win. And it’s just the beginning.
Poor performing coaches and systems won’t survive much longer. They are being weeded out.
You are starting to see a change in how players and parents evaluate coaches and coaching systems. Evolutions in technology, psychology and science makes this possible. And the players, parents, and coaches who are aware of changes in these forces will get caught on the upswing.
“You are entering the Golden Age. It starts now.”
January 28, 2018
Darryl Belfry is the leading skill coach in hockey right now.
Listening to an interview with Belfry, he remarked that the top 6 players on NHL teams are something called “Feel Based Learners”. This means that they would ask how a movement should feel. The bottom 6 asked to be told what to do visually.
So it made sense to research this idea. Then to develop guidelines for players to follow.
At Train 2.0, we call this style of learning the Feel Your Body Learning System.
We turned up a couple interesting concepts that support the Feel Your Body Learning System.
Idea #1: Conscious vs Unconscious Learning – How it relates to feel-based learning
The research says that unconscious learning is better than conscious learning for three reasons:
- Unconscious learning leads to better performance under pressure
- Unconscious learning leads to better performance over time
- Unconscious learning leads to improvements in related tasks
(Note: When I say conscious vs unconscious learning, I’m actually talking about extrinsic vs intrinsic motor learning – that’s what it is called in the literature. I am simplying for clarity)
When a player learns through feel, they MUST learn unconsciously. When they get the Magic Mechanics correct, they immediately FEEL it. And they cannot unfeel it. I’ve tried using words to explain the “feeling” – but until you can get an athlete to actually use the Magic Mechanics they just won’t understand.
Since the “feeling” doesn’t seem to be something a player can think their way towards, I’d suggest that it is an unconscious learning.
Idea #2: Learn The Way Your Perform
(Specificity of learning hypothesis)
Success in hockey relies on a player using the correct body movements. We call these the Magic Mechanics.
When a player uses the Magic Mechanics they are more balance, in control, and effortless. This provides them with the ability to pick up more information with their eyes. And it also provides them with more options to use.
When a player is playing, they do not have time to internalize verbal commands. They have to “think with their body”. Hockey players have two main sources of data: visual and kinaesthetic. Visual data is used to make decisions. Kinaesthetic data is used to monitor body position – so for skill execution.
When a player uses verbal data to determine their movements (skills) – they may be able to make adjustments in a controlled practice setting. But they cannot use that data in a game setting. It’s like a pilot who only wants to use their windows to get around, but it’s foggy. It’s smart to use the flight instruments because you don’t have any other sources of information about where the plane is. But the pilot still wants to look out the window.
When a player uses kinaesthetic (feel based) data to determine their movements – they always have their preferred data source on hand. Like a pilot who loves using their instruments to fly the plane. Even when it’s foggy, the pilot can land the plane no problem.
Players who Feel Their Body Learning learn the way they perform. So this leads them to have stable performance in both games and skill development sessions. And they always have their preferred data source on hand – their FEELING.
Idea #3: Drone Coach Resistance
Players who use Feel Your Body Learning naturally have a special gift. The gift is that when they Feel Their Body doing the Magic Mechanics – it feels SO GOOD they never want to do anything ever again. Take for example shooting. Great shooters with the Magic Mechanics often do the opposite of what many coaches teach. The coach might seek to “coach” the players by giving them helpful advice. But this helpful advice is the exact opposite of what the coach should be saying.
Luckily for the player who Feels Their Body Learning, they’ve felt the Magic Mechanics of the shot. And they can never unfeeling that feeling. And it feels so good that nothing else feels natural.
So they nod politely and accept the coaches advice. But shortly after, they go back to shooting the way they always did. Because it felt right.
How To Use The Feel Your Body Learning System
Step 1: Choose a simple movement you want to learn. Let’s say a slapshot.
Step 2: Take a slap shot. Pay attention to how it feels. Where did you feel tension? Where did you feel free? Where did you feel blocked? Where did you feel powerful?
Step 3: Take another slapshot. But this time, completely differently. Ask yourself the same questions about tension, freedom, blockages, and power.
Step 4: Take another slap shot. Again different. Ask yourself the questions again.
Step 5: Now start optimizing. Don’t think about how to shoot. Forget everything you’ve been told. Just shoot. And FEEL it. Really FEEL it.
Step 6: Feel your body learning automatically. Keep asking yourself the questions: freedom, tension, blockages, power. Don’t think about how your body “should” move. Observe it as it moves.
Step 7: Treat each shot as an experiment. How good can you make each shot feel?
Step 8: Once your shot is feeling really good, repeat again and again. Make sure each shot feels great!
Step 9: When it feels right, stop shooting for the day. That’s probably what your body can learn today. Now give it a rest to incorporate all the changes it made.
The Straight Path and the Perfect Skill System
The key to Feel Your Body Learning is to experiment with many different styles of moving. Often players heard some Drone Advice and can’t get it out of their head. And they don’t even think about it anymore. It’s so ingrained. And they don’t realize how badly it is holding them back.
So you need to really do different things and test how they feel to break the Drone Coach spell. We call these movement experiments.
Another way is to use the Straight Path and Perfect Skill System. With this system, you compare your movement with NHLers visually. You might rightly point out that this stops becoming a Feel Your Body Learning System if you’re looking at visual information. But the key is that the visual information is used to give you hints on your next movement experiment. Instead of testing 12 really different and weird hand positions, you test the hand position that you see Ovechkin using. Then you test the one that Kessel uses. Then you test the one Matthews uses. Your NHL inspired movement experiments are more likely to generate the right FEELING faster than if you tried 12 random movement experiments.
Use the steps of the Feel Your Body Learning System to become a feel-based learner. On the way, you can become a more consistent performer under pressure. Meanwhile, you become Drone Coach Resistant.
January 28, 2018
How to Skate Like McDavid – Part 3 (Ankle Flexibility Secret)
If you want to learn how skate like McDavid, you need to understand the mechanics behind his stride. We say this often, but these NHL stars are NOT fleshy bags of magic (Thanks to Scott Adams for that term). There are mechanical principles behind their magic. That’s why we call them the Magic Mechanics.
Often overlooked in hockey: ankle mobility. One way that McDavid is able to put freakish force into the ice is with uncommon ankle mobility. In this video we see evidence of this with his off-ice training. And we examine the biomechanics behind why it matters.
Ankle mobility often holds players back from being able to put force into the ice. Not downward force into the ice. But laterally. Skaters like McDavid allow their ankles to “go soft” – which means that the ankle relaxes and the skate is allowed to tip over. This lets the edge dig into the ice.
Most skaters have rigid ankles. They look at “ankle skaters” and sneer – but their own rigidity is holding them back. When you have soft ankles, you reduce the tension of the muscles around your ankle joints and flow like water on the ice.
The effect is like a cart on a rail. From that place of stability, stars like McDavid are able to generate a ton of speed and agility while maintaining balance and control.
If you’d like to learn more about how to skate like McDavid, you can learn more here because he’s a fast skater.
January 28, 2018
Auston Matthews Goals – His Goal Scoring Formula
About 50% of Auston Matthews 39 goals followed a predictable pattern using what we call “Matthews Office” and the “Rhythmic Release”. He also used a pattern called the “Matthews Drive” to capitalize off the rush for 5/39 of his goals. In this video, we do a summary breakdown of these patterns.
If you’d like to see the COMPLETE breakdown, you can learn more here.
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January 28, 2018
How to Score Goals In Hockey – Kucherov Goal Scoring Breakdown
Today, we breakdown how to score goals in hockey using Nikita Kucherov as an example. You might see how Nikita Kucherov is able to score with such consistency in the 2016-2017 season. He uses 4 different patterns of Magic Mechanics to score his 40 goals. And when we see patterns of Magic Mechanics that achieve in-game results, we call them Patterns of the Pros.
The Patterns of the Pros that we see Kucherov use to score are the lazy 1-timer, the Royal 1-timer, the Non-Cherry Pattern, and the Stealth Deception Footwork. Kucherov layers a lot of skating Magic Mechanics into these patterns.
The Lazy 1-Timer looks like the kind of shot that a coach would tell you looks “lazy”. You saunter up to the puck, spin and shoot. But the spin sets up a powerful release that is also deceptive to the goalie.
The Royal 1-Timer is a one-timer that occurs off a royal road pass. The Magic Mechanics of the 1-Timer are necessary to hit a Royal 1-Timer. And the best in the world at this is Ovechkin.
The Non-Cherry pattern is a fun one – since Don Cherry never wants players cutting to the middle…but Kucherov does it anyway. He uses this pattern in a couple ways. Either with the puck to create space for himself. Or he drops the puck and uses this to create a 2on1 opportunity.
Lastly, he uses something called stealth footwork to setup wrist shots. He crosses over before he sets his feet. This crossover changes the angle and makes it hard for the goalie to read. The key to this is to be able to transition from crossover to plant to shot smoothly.
If you watched the breakdown and read this little summary, you might be interested in the full breakdown of Kucherov’s goal scoring. You can access a full video breakdown here because you get a lot more detail when it is visual.
To your constant and never-ending improvement,
January 28, 2018
How to Shoot Like Auston Matthews
In this video we cover the three parts of Matthews’ shot release – that is tearing up the league. Auston Matthews shot might look like Magic – but there are mechanics behind the Magic. The stances and footwork he uses. How his angle change comes from his footwork and hip twist. And the way he transfers his weight. So if you want to learn how to shoot like Auston Matthews – don’t imagine him to be magic. It’s all mechanics. We can examine those mechanics and learn them ourselves.
To break down how to shoot like Auston Matthews, we look at three things:
- How his foot position changes from what we call a tripod to a lunge
- His hips twist for both power and angle change
- How his hands follow his foot and hip movements
For a long time, I used to watch star players and wonder what they were doing. Their hand movements were the obvious part. But it took a while for me to recognize, categorize, and learn their hip movements. And this learning helped unlock a ton of movement options for me and my clients. Matthews has some of the best hips and footwork in the game. And this is one thing that sets him apart: he’s able to use his footwork and hips to be more balanced in more situations. This might sound simple – but it isn’t. In challenging situations, Matthews can be more balanced. When you are more balanced, your head can stay more still for increased ability to aim and track incoming players. And this lets you make smarter and faster decisions.
There is a whole bunch more on how to shoot like Auston Matthews’ that I’d love to show you. So we’ve created an in-depth video breakdown of both Auston Matthews’ shot and his goal scoring patterns from the 2016-2017 season. If you’d like to go beyond the summaries and into the full video breakdowns, you can check those out here.
January 28, 2018
How to Stickhandle Like Patrick Kane – Magic Mechanics Breakdown
If you’ve ever wanted to stickhandle better for hockey…
If you’ve ever wanted to stickhandle faster…
If you’ve ever wanted to stickhandle properly…
But you weren’t able to achieve it. Even with lots of practice. Maybe even with training aids…
The real reason you’ve been held back IS NOT YOUR FAULT. It’s the mechanics taught by drone coaches.
In this presentation, we talk about the Magic Mechanics of Patrick Kane’s Stickhandling and how you can replicate them.
You’ll learn the scientific and motor learning principles behind Kane’s stickhandling. And if you’d like to take the next step, and learn how to put those principles into action: you can learn how here.
January 28, 2018
How to Deke Like Kane and Crosby
Here’s a fun little video on how to Deke like Patrick Kane and how to deke like Sidney Crosby. In studying NHL video, I happened to notice that Crosby and Kane did the exact same move. Just on opposite sides of the ice. And while most coaches and players look at moves, we like to look at patterns. So what pattern of skills occurred in what order to make the move work. One explanation for these mirror patterns is that it’s a coincidence. A second is that two great NHLers are likely to have similar traits anyway. A third, and more fun, explanation is that these two players share(d) a “skills” coach: Darryl Belfry. Could it be that this is a signature Belfry pattern? Only a few guys know for sure…