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February 9, 2018

How To Skate Like McDavid – How Can He Get Faster?

If you read my previous post on How to Skate Like McDavid, I talked about one specific mechanic: The Tipped Hip.

In this breakdown, I talk about why the tipped hip is an important mechanic in the greater context of the Downhill Skating System. Specifically how the tipped hip generates “lean” so McDavid can skate downhill. And how McDavid could generate even more lean to skate even faster.

Let’s take a look at a quick comparison:

You might notice in both pictures, the athlete is going downhill. (But only one works with Darryl Belfry.)

But let’s break down the mechanics involved.

In the Downhill Skating System as with the Downhill Skiing System that I recently pioneered, you’ll notice the following similarities:

  • No pushing
  • Gliding on edges
  • Leaning with body to generate changes in velocity
  • Tipped Hips

Notice how McDavid is able to hold his gliding edge with his body lean in these pictures.

Let’s compare McDavid’s lean to Duchene’s lean. I looked carefully for the same drill and movement so that we’d get an accurate control.

You might notice that McDavid has more lean than Duchene. If you watch the clips of McDavid going through the Power Edge Pro, you might see that he is noticeably quicker than Duchene. Every time Duchene orients his center of mass over his skates and pushes with his legs, you might notice that he slows down.

 

In the above photos, notice how McDavid starts with a more aggressive lean. Then maintains his lean. You can see where his center of mass is situated compared to his legs – and compare it to Duchene. McDavid maintains his lean, while Duchene straightens up.

Then, just for interest, I put a time stamp of the gap between when McDavid released his shot, and 0.83s later when Duchene released his.

In this particular frame, you can see Duchene’s center of mass orient over his legs as he pushes with his left leg. Meanwhile, McDavid shifts his weight from foot to foot keeping his center of mass to the inside of his turn.

This is where the tipped hip is helpful.

While on one leg, McDavid can more easily orient his center of mass in the direction he wants to lean – and thus generate velocity in that direction.

So now, let’s talk about lean, fall, and center of mass.

The best way to understand this is to compare it with turning a bicycle.

You lean your body in the direction you want to go. As you can see, your center of mass orients towards the direction of the fall. You generate velocity in that direction. Same as skiing.

Back to McDavid:

What limits most players is how hard they can push into the ice. Their speed relies on their ability to generate force in the direction they want to go. But McDavid doesn’t even try to push where he wants to go. Instead, he leans where he wants to go. Like he’s riding a bike. And that’s how he’s skating downhill.

So how would we make McDavid faster?

Let’s agree for a moment that McDavid has mastered the footwork and center of mass orientation necessary for maximum speed. What then, would hold him back?

The answer is eccentric and isometric loading. To add more speed to McDavid, you would improve his ability to handle heavy loads under eccentric and isometric loads. That’s so his body can get in even more aggressive leans in more situations.

But let’s say that you are not McDavid – and you want to skate faster in all situations on the ice. What would you do?

Developing the ability to load eccentrically and isometrically will help. But not to the same degree as learning the mechanics of leaning downhill to generate velocity. You’ll know you’ve got it when you don’t have to “push” with your legs – and your velocity comes from twisting, tipping, and leaning. Then you’ve got it.

By this point, you might be wondering if I recommend the Power Edge Pro as a training system. Sure. It’s a good system. Let’s also examine another system that focuses on lean, footwork – and not pushing: 

Here I point out that the system is irrelevant. But the mechanics are very relevant. In Boris’ system (Boris taught Auston Matthews since age 6 or something), his focus on edgework allows players to be comfortable leaning in more directions more aggressively. The footwork makes it easy for players to orient their feet at points of traction to provide lean.

It seems like both the Power Edge Pro and Boris are able to teach the mechanics of Downhill Skating. And the mechanics always win.

The main mechanical principle that you want to understand from this post is lean.

  • The more you lean, the faster you’ll go
  • The more you lean, the more you can glide on your edges instead of stopping your momentum
  • You want to use foot positioning, comfort on your edges, body orientation and tipped hips to generate your lean
  • If you don’t lean, you need to push to generate force. If you need to push, you’re toast.

Study NHLers center of mass relative to their feet – ask yourself what mechanics can help you achieve that. And if you’d like help answer that, you can check out the Downhill Skating System where we explain exactly how to master those mechanics.

-Jason

February 2, 2018

How to Skate Like McDavid – Kinesiologist Breakdown

McDavid’s mechanics are fascinating. Mostly because they go against common Power Skating Principles. When players ask how to skate like McDavid – they don’t realize that their Power Skating is actually holding them back from achieving it. I talk about these contradictions in this presentation.

Many of you know that I am a professional hockey player – but also a kinesiologist.

Like you, I saw McDavid’s Fastest Skater Competition in the 2018 All-Stars Competition – and marveled at his crossovers. You are probably aware of the research done indicating that McDavid crosses over more than most players in the NHL. The study suggests that this is linked to his success off the rush.

I’m often asked if, “All I need to do is crossover more?”

The answer is “Yes.” Sorta.

What if McDavid had mechanics that made crossovers easier?

Remember when you had to find a landline to make a phone call? Well, now it’s much easier to make calls because you’ve got your iPhone. So you probably find yourself talking on the phone more than you used to – because it’s easier to.

Imagine if McDavid’s mechanics made it easier to crossover. Then he might crossover more. And that’s what we see.

I suggest one simple mechanic McDavid uses that makes it easier to crossover. I call it the “Tipped Hip”.

McDAvid tipped Hip

The tipped hip is when the hips (pelvis) are tipped at an angle.

The tipped hip mechanic combines two important forces: First, the body produces force best in the “saggital” plane. Or straight down and back.

The muscle responsible for this is the gluteus maximus. It is the most powerful muscle in the body. And it combines two important skating movements: hip extension and external rotation.

The second force at play is  “horizontal force vectors.” To visualize this, imagine that as you skate, you push the ice into the boards.

When you combine the fact that the body produces force down and back and you need to generate horizontal force vectors you have a puzzle. Let’s call it the Power Skating Problem.

Track coaches know that the more vertical forces (up and down) put into the ground, that faster a runner will go. You can actually predict running speed by measuring vertical displacement. This is because you bounce off the ground to generate speed. (We call this “bounce” the stretch-shortening cycle)

In hockey, you do not bounce off the ground. So vertical forces and vertical forces (pushing down into the ice) are not an efficient way of getting around

The Power Skating Problem is that you keep the hips level – but need to generate horizontal force (pushing the ice into the boards). To do that, you need to abduct the leg. As shown in the diagram above. When you use abduction you use smaller muscles. So you can’t generate as much power.

With the tipped hips, you see how the line of force changes. Now when the hips are tipped, you can generate horizontal force (pushing the ice into the boards).

 

You see that here:

 

And here:

And even here:

McDavid’s mechanics solve the Power Skating Problem by aligning the hips (pelvis) with the correct line of force production (horizontal – pushing ice into the boards).

They also make it easier for him to crossover.

Can you see how McDavid is able to get more range from his foot that is crossing under? That’s not due to magic. It’s due to mechanics. And likely the tilt of the hips. (I say “likely” because I don’t have x-ray vision)

You may notice a similar tilt here on a straight stride.

So if we want to increase the number of crossovers players do, we may want to use mechanics that make it easier. McDavid uses a tipped hip mechanic to make it easier and to get more range. Players who use this mechanic find immediate increases in speed and power. Not because of magic. But because of mechanics.

[End Of Mechanics Discussion]

Now I’d like to talk about something called “sequencing”.

If you’re familiar with Tim Ferriss and the 4-Hour Chef, you might remember that sequencing is the layering of basic skills so that learning occurs quickly and effortlessly.

I call this “automatic learning”. Where you create drills that force the correct mechanics to occur. You start with a basic skill – and then add one new skill layer at a time. Before long, a player is performing with completely different mechanics. If I’ve done my job as a coach right, the player doesn’t even know that they learned anything. It all occurred so smoothly and easily for them. And the learning is unconscious. That’s the best kind.

Many of you will find enjoy the biomechanical perspective of this post and then aim to implement what you learned. This is smart. I urge you to use sequencing to deploy this new learning. Otherwise, it will end up being a hot mess on the ice. Yuck.

If you know exactly how to sequence this new learning, then do not read on. You’re good.

If you’d like to learn the expert sequence for learning this mechanic, you might want to check out the Downhill Skating System – How to Skate Like McDavid course.It could save you hours and hours of time. And it provides you with proven method for making this change.

Let me know what you think about Tipped Hip. Do you think it’s legit? Or have I been hit in the head too many times? Send me an email and let me know.

-Jason

January 28, 2018

Why Are The Hidden Traps Of Hockey Skill Development Holding Most Players Back

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.

But by:

  • 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.

-Jason

 

January 28, 2018

The Perfect Skill System

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:

It includes:
  • 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.

Moonshot:

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.”

-Jason

January 28, 2018

How to Become a Feel-Based Learner – The “Feel Your Body Learning” System

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:

  1. Unconscious learning leads to better performance under pressure
  2. Unconscious learning leads to better performance over time
  3. 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.

 

Bonus steps:

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.

Good luck!

-Jason

 

January 28, 2018

How to Skate Like McDavid – Part 3 (Ankle Flexibility Secret)

How to Skate Like McDavid – Part 3 (Ankle Flexibility Secret)

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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.

– Jason

January 28, 2018

How to Score Goals In Hockey – Auston Matthews Goal Scoring Formula

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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– Jason

January 28, 2018

How to Score Goals In Hockey – Kucherov Goal Scoring Breakdown

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.

royal-road-hockey-shot

Credit to The Hockey News for this image

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,

– Jason

January 28, 2018

How to Shoot Like Auston Matthews – Shot Breakdown

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:

  1. How his foot position changes from what we call a tripod to a lunge
  2. His hips twist for both power and angle change
  3. 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.

– Jason

January 28, 2018

How to Stickhandle Like Patrick Kane – Magic Mechanics Breakdown

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.

– Jason