Thursday, December 18, 2014

Östholm - shows his crazy shooting move

He shoots hard - probably harder than anyone else. It does not look like any regular wrist shot or sweeper. It does not look like anything you see in hockey.

What he does is to start the move way behind himself. A previous explanation by others has said that this is good since the ball is hidden away for the goalies.
But in this video from TV4 he shows that the move with the ball - so far behind - also has the benefit that the ball is carried far away from any defenders too. Then he say that he has full control on the ball and can decide when to turn and apply the power. This means he can sweep in before a defender, after a defender, or why not through the legs as he moves a bit diagonal as seen from the net. We think the deep behind the legs starting phase - also provides a long stretch for the acceleration part of the shot.
Also he compares to the slapshot technique that leaves the ball out on the open and fully unprotected for a slit-second (a very long time in Floorball) as compared to this the Östholm-esque style.
Then the main secret comes on how the power is generated from hips and his lower torso.

Martin Östholm also describes how his move is based on hip power and legs - where the supporting leg takes all the punishment. The arms are mainly used for the aiming part, beside of pushing the stick to the floor for maximum stick flex.

Nope we have not figured this out ourselves yet - but if for sure looks like a rather innovative move for most stick based sports - the day you know how to do this ;-D

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