Hand speed

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  1. Hockeyfan95

    Hockeyfan95 FHF Newbie

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    How can I improve my hand speed and reactions? I've been working on it by repeating it over and over hoping it'll eventually set in as muscle memory but just wondered what kind of drills and things you can do on your own?
     
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    sanabas FHF All Time Great

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    What sort of hand speed do you mean? Talking about making saves with them in goals, or something else?

    If in goals, yeah, repetition helps. You'll also get quicker as you get better at reading shots/focusing on ball, and also by getting technique right.
     
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    Ah sorry I should have been more specfic, I meant dribbling speed.
     
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    I suppose any exercise whereby you are moving your hand up and down and perhaps with a twisting motion would help - specifically the left hand but I suppose you could use both if able to.
     
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    Steady @Willowsacorns this is hockey forum, the mods will be on to you if you're not careful!
     
  6. Willowsacorns

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    Honest post - it’s the way you read it!
     
  7. Willowsacorns

    Willowsacorns FHF Legend

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    Would also say the players I have seen with the best hands have it naturally (not coached) and have been ambidextrous or left handed
     
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    I know, only joking. I will go back to the football forums...
     
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    Grim_D FHF Regular Player

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    I assume you've not heard of neurolinguistics before?

    Or taken any classes in linguistics?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_(philosophy_of_language)
    https://lucidedit.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/semantics-vs-pragmatics/

    I would've suggested wrist weights and resistance training, but recent studies argue just working on reaction speeds i.e. wall ball.

    http://www.higher-faster-sports.com/reactiontime.html

    Something not been mentioned that would help is practising with a rebound board and working on the speed off pass into the board to speed up reactions.

    https://www.barringtonsports.com/products/stx-hockey-rebound-board-2015/24559/view
     
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    Willowsacorns FHF Legend

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    Happy trolling
     
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    Grim_D FHF Regular Player

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    Except that everything past the first two links/paragragh isn't trolling.

    The OP posed the question to genuinely ask for tips and ideas on improving his technique. Telling him that athletes who are naturally ambidextrous have better hand speed isn't helping him improve his technique.

    National league players use rebound boards all the time to practise their hand speed. I don't see your point.
     
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    Thanks a lot for your tips and advice! I'll try them and hopefully improve as much as possible
     
  13. Grim_D

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    No problem!

    A simple but effective drill is box control, which should help you when building the skill into dribbling:



    And dribbling through cones



    The beginning of this skills showcase has good drills as well -


    You may be able to replicate this at training with cones (if you don't have tyres, not many clubs do!)



    This is an interesting drill with a training aid built for ice hockey - not sure how easy it is to get hold of internationally.




    If you search the forum using the search option at the top toolbar, you should also be able to find posts with info on how to build your own DIY rebound board on a budget.
     

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