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Three Reverse Shots to Improve Your Field Hockey Game

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The average field hockey player has a strong side (right side) and a weak side (left side). By learning how to master weak side hits, you will give yourself and your team an advantage. Below are two hits we teach at our field hockey camps, for intermediate to advanced players, that will give you an edge on your competition.

The Scoop

The scoop is an aerial pass on the dribble from the left side of the field. It is used to lift the ball over an opposing player so you can center the ball or as a lifted shot on the goal.

To achieve a scoop shot, grip the stick in a basic grip with the stick rotated 180 degrees over the ball into a reverse stick position. Keep the ball level with your front foot and place the stick underneath the ball. Lift upwards with your right hand and push down with your left hand. Remember, no backswing with the scoop shot.

The Reverse Hit (Drive)

The reverse hit is used for scoring goals. By becoming stronger on your weak side, your opponent will be out of position to defend you, potentially giving you time to score. The goalie may also be set up for a forehand shot and need to read just, giving you a small window of time to shoot and score a goal.

To successfully accomplish a reverse hit, grip the stick in a frying-pan grip. Make your body parallel to the target you want to shoot at, and that the ball is off your right root. For the reverse hit, the stick should stay in contact with the ground the entire time and the backswing should be short. For maximum power, hit the center of the ball with the toe edge of the stick.

The Chip

The chip shot is used when a player is being forced to the side line. Typically a defender is pushing the offensive player weakside to make it more challenging to score. When you are in this position for the chip, ensure your shooting foot is in line with the ball and goal. Take a quick backswing and hit the ball with the edge of your stick.

By mastering these hits, you will become a well-rounded field hockey player who is able to play both sides of the field. Check out more tips and improve your skills this summer at a Nike Field Hockey Camp.

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