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Hockey Hit

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Introduction

The Hit Preparation: Grip and arm position - Have a double V grip, and make sure your hands are together. You have more control over the stick if you hold it in the middle of the grip, and your hit will be harder and more accurate. - When the ball is in the correct position swing the stick back. Turn your shoulders and flick the wrist back. - Don't bring your stick back too high, as it can be dangerous, and you don't necessarily need a lot of back swing to make a strong hit, and the longer your stick isn't in contact with the ball then the more likely it is that a member of the opposition will take it off you. - If hitting the ball while moving and the ball needs to travel quickly but you are likely to get tackled, then a small swing back will do, so it is a short sharp hit. ...read more.

Middle

At this point you stick should be raised. At the point when you have put your left foot down the stick should be raised. - Hitting the ball while stationary (taking a free hit): Have the ball level with the front foot (left foot), making sure it is not too close to your feet, otherwise you are likely to hit the ground and the hit will be weaker. Body position - Your shoulders should be inline with the target - Have a low body position with your back horizontal to the ground and your knees bent. Keep your head still and level. - If you are moving when you hit the ball, make sure that you keep level as you move and don't bounce up and down as you are then likely to miss hit the ball. Execution Grip and arm position - Bring the stick down to the ball aiming to hit the lower half of the ball. ...read more.

Conclusion

- Your right knee should be low to the ground at impact. Body position - your shoulders should swing round with your stick so that there is more power in the shot. - Your body should stay low. - Don't move upright just as you are about to hit the ball. Recovery Ball position and leg position - Your legs should still be bent so that you have a low position. - Bring your right foot round to balance yourself. Grip and arm position - Follow through so that by flexing your wrists and continuing the movement with your shoulders, your stick ends up pointing in the direction you hit, this will lead to shots that are more accurate. Body position - Your body will have its weight all on your front foot so after hitting the ball quickly move your right foot forward to keep your balance. - Your body position should still be low. http://www.ehow.com/how_17387_hit-field-hockey.html http://news.bbc.co.uk/sportacademy/hi/sa/hockey/skills/newsid_3120000/3120586.stm ...read more.

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