September 4, 2008

Sept. 4, 2008

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by Matt DaSilva, Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

It's called "time and room shooting" because you have the time and room before a defenseman can close the gap, the opposite of shooting on the run in traffic.

Here, Team USA's Joe Walters catches the ball to feed in the middle of his crow hop to maximize the time element.

Time and room shooting comes from your legs. Coil your body like a spring to store the energy you'll eventually release in your shot. Also, notice Walters' hand position, near the bottom of the handle and 8-12 inches apart. Keep your elbows up and away.

Because you have time, make sure you set the ball first on your shooting strings. You can use a cradle or even a full stick spin, but setting the ball will optimize the shot speed and accuracy. Your release point should come at a three-quarter arm angle.

Turn your shoulders and hips, and push off with your legs. Then follow through like a pitcher. If you're not falling forward, you're not putting enough into the shot. The accuracy will come. You'll miss more than you hit at first, if the approach is right.
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