Time & Room
Here’s some clips of some of the best Time & Room shooters in the world. Their technique is perfected so well it looks effortless when the ball slings off the top of the head. The Time & Room shot, when placed in a corner, can alternate the momentum of a game. When unleashing a cannon that whizzes by the goalies ear and into the back of the net, a surge of adrenaline runs through your body.
While watching from a distance, it looks like this shot is executed with the use of ones arms, but the shooter is actually utilizing his entire body to put that ball where it needs to go. In this weeks edition of “Here’s Your Help!” we are providing some tips and tricks that will help bring your outside shooting to the next level.
From The Ground Up.
The Time & Room shot all starts with your feet. Having proper footwork can either make or break your shooting stroke. So what is the proper footwork? I want you to imagine that you are an outfielder in a baseball game. The ball is hit to you and you catch it on the fly
, now the runner at third his heading home and you’re trying to get him out. Are you going to throw the ball in with your feet planted? NO. You step behind your other foot and perform a “crow-hop” which will allow you to put your entire body into the throw. So now when you set up for your Time & Room shot, incorporate that crow-hop into your wind-up so you can get the maximum velocity out of your shot.
Pro Footwork Tip:
When following through, try and make your back leg follow your stick. So as your stick follows through your leg follows, this will help you snap your hips and use your back to get more power.
Put Your Back Into It!
A lot of my coaches in the past have always told me to put my back into my shot. This is to emphasize the importance of your core when performing an outside shot. You almost want to lean back during your wind-up and power forward during the follow through so you can put all of your bodies momentum into the release. To practice this, get your arms out away from you and try shooting with only using your back.
If you’re a basketball player, I’m sure you’ve heard this acronym a thousand times.
Make sure you have a stable foundation underneath you and your shoulders are even with your hips. This will do a couple things for you. First, it will allow you to put more velocity into your shot. Secondly, it will help you keep your feet underneath you incase you do run into a little contact during your shot.
Your eyes are their to help out your accuracy. During warm-ups, I always check to see what hand the goaltender is. Doing this helps me plan out my shots and locate my targets more quickly. Use your eyes during your wind-up to see what the goalie is giving you. Now locate the open net and lock the coordinates in for the heat seeking missile that is about to be released.
Pro Wind-up Tip
For more advanced players, the wind-up is the best time to throw in a fake without throwing a fake. Fake with your body, shoulders, or head in order to be hard to read. Even simply looking at low and ripping it high is enough to mess the goalie up.
Elbows are also here to help out your accuracy. Make sure your arms are away from your body so you don’t look like T-rex when you shoot. Getting your arms out will help with power, accuracy, and making your shot hard to read. During your wind up, try and get your stick to fall behind your helmet so there is a split second of confusion for the goalie who’s trying to track the ball. For accuracy, Gary Gait has always stressed the importance of butt-end control. Though your body maybe facing one way, your butt-end will dictate where the shot is going. Point the butt-end at the corner you want, arms out, and now you’re ready for the final step.
Now it’s time to let it fly. Obviously there are many ways to shoot a Lacrosse ball, but the most fundamental and efficient ways to shoot are either overhand or 3/4 overhand. I prefer 3/4 just because it seems more fluent. Get your arms away from your body, put your back into it, snap your wrist and let your hips and back leg follow. You want to get so much of your body into your shot that you almost end up backwards after the release.
Pro Release Tip
Try and always keep two hands on your stick when following through. A lot of players release one hand when shooting, but this actually decreases power and accuracy.
Thank you for checking in on this weeks edition of “Here’s Your Help!” If you have any questions or an idea of what you’d like to learn next, feel free to leave a comment below! Also, if you need a more in-depth teaching of past Here’s Your Help Tutorials don’t be afraid to ask! Send us a video of you putting the Time & Room shot to the test for your chance to be featured on our website!
Keep sniping my friends.