0:50 – The 3 Keys to making every save.
1:10 – The importance of moving to the ball.
1:38 – It’s not all about the core.
2:16 – Improving hand strength takes work.
2:46 – Get your athlete stronger.
Hey everybody. Coach Edwards with LacrosseGoalieTips.com and LacrosseGoalieUniversity.com. This week, I want to answer a question that I got from a dad about improving his daughter’s fast hands.
The Three Keys
A question I get pretty commonly is, “how do I improve my hand speed?” If you’ve understood me for a while and watched what I’ve been talking about, there are three keys to making every save. There is seeing the ball, knowing where it’s going, and moving to the ball.
Moving to the Ball
Moving to the ball, that last combination, is really a combination of your physical ability to move yourself. This comes from core strength. This comes from shoulder strength and your hand strength. All of that is really what improves your hand speed. When you look at improving your hand speed and having faster hands, you really have to look at yourself and where your weakness is physically.
It’s Not All About The Core
In my past life, I ran a strength and conditioning business, so I’m pretty well versed in dealing with young athletes especially, which was my specialty. Getting them stronger. You’d be surprised. A lot of people look at this and go, “An athlete has to have a strong core.” So what they’ll do is they’ll go out and they’ll just do planks all day or they’ll do body weights. You’ve got to understand that as a lacrosse goalie, you are probably the most explosive athlete on the field. However, a lot of goalies don’t train like that. They kind of sit back in their crease, wait for the ball to come to them, and then react accordingly.
Improving Hand Strength Doesn’t Come Down To One Thing
Really, the stronger you can be, the more that stick in your hand can feel like a twig, the better you’ll be and your hand speed can improve. It’s really not just one thing. It’s not just improving your core or doing a bunch of wrist rollers. It’s really the whole package. My recommendation to most of my athletes is to just get to the gym. For my Lacrosse Goalie University members, I go into great detail on what to do to improve.
Get Your Athlete Stronger
For the goalies out there, for the parents out there listening to this right now, the number one thing you can do is just get your athlete stronger. Get around a qualified strength and conditioning coach, get them lifting heavy weights. Or you can talk to me, you can hire me. I do a lot of athletes via Skype, where we deal with training programs personally, one on one, from a distance, which is pretty cool. So if you need that kind of help, you let me know.
As always, thank you for the question. I apologize to the dad who wrote me because I lost the email. I’m going off the top of my head here. If you enjoyed this post, if it helped you, do me a favor and share it, like it, pin it, google plus it, tweet it out. I would appreciate that. By all means, if you’ve got a question for me, email me. Coach Edwards@LacrosseGoalieTips.com. Thanks. See you next week.
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