Secret to Shooting Harder

by Kim McCullough, MSc, YCS: Total Female Hockey
Shoot hArder

The Under-18 provincial team tryouts start in a few weeks here in Toronto. After watching these tryouts in person for the past 5 years, 
I can tell you a few key things that really made players stand out:

  • Dynamic skating – especially quick change of direction
  • Quick and accurate puck movement – hard tape to tape passing
  • 1-on-1 ability – for both forwards and defense

But the #1 THING that always make a player stand out is:

Their ability to SHOOT the puck.

When it comes to getting to the next level, you can’t afford to have a weak shot of any kind.  That means your backhand, snap shot, wrist shot and slap shot, all have to be quick, powerful and accurate.    

And The #1 Secret To Shooting is:

It’s all in the HIPS.

In order to have a quick, powerful and accurate shot, your hip movement and core strength are key. You can have the strongest arms and legs around, but if you aren’t able to generate power through your hips, the power of your shot will always be sub-par. 

When we teach you shooting on the ice, it is sometimes very difficult to break down technique all the way to the most basic concept of using your hips.  This concept is the most critical when we’re talking about slap-shots and wrist shots.

Instead we focus on weight transfer, hand position, point of contact and follow-through, which are all important, but the real key is generating power through your hips.

Let me show you what I mean…

I created a short video for you – explaining this idea of using the hips and showing you 3 critical exercises you must do to take the speed,
power and accuracy of your shot to the next level. 

Click on the link below to watch the “Shoot Harder” video now:

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you think might benefit from it!

Enjoy! Keep Working Hard and Dreaming BIG.

~ Coach Kim


Kim is the director and founder of Total Female Hockey. When not writing articles, creating training programs or shooting videos for her website, Kim travels across North America running workshops and camps for players, parents, coaches and associations, teaching how to develop players both on and off the ice. She is the girls’ hockey director at the PEAC School For Elite Athletes in Toronto, Canada, and is a faculty member for the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA), the only organization in the world that certifies coaches to work with young athletes. Visit to learn more and to download her free training videos.


PS: To help you take your shooting, skating, speed, strength and stamina to the next level, I’m offering the 2012 version of the Total Female Hockey Elite Training System to the Total Female Hockey community next week. This 16 week off-ice training system features a HUGE bonus package which includes an 8 week video series to take your shooting to the next level.