One of the most important aspects of having a great shot in the game of lacrosse is being fundamentally sound. This drill teaches athletes how to correctly shoot an overhand lacrosse shot. That being said, having an efficient overhand shot will lead to scoring goals successfully at a high rate.
To complete the drill, players simply need a lacrosse stick, a few [Swax Lax] lacrosse balls, and a lacrosse net.
How the drill works
Step 1: Knee placement
- Players start on one knee, with their front toe pointing directly toward the middle of the cage.
- Players can start on either knee (it is important to practice both).
Step 2: Hand placement
- Players want to have one hand at the end of the shaft, near the butt-end, and the other hand near the middle of the shaft to have proper hand placement.
Step 3: Hips torqued, shoulders turned toward target
- Players want to first turn their shoulders toward the middle of the cage (similarly to their front toe), then torque their hips with their shoulders to “load” the power into their shot.
Step 4: Arms back
- Players want to have their arms back and away from their bodies. The butt-end of the shaft should not be able to be seen by the player.
Step 5: Shoot and follow through
- Players then want to violently pull with their bottom hand, and push with their top hand at the same time to properly shoot the lacrosse ball. Players need to follow through all the way to the ground to complete the motion of shooting.
Step 6: Repeat
- Players want to repeat this process for the duration of the drill. Most importantly, players should be changing sides to properly have sound shooting form for both the right and left hand.
Written my Joe McHale, Intern at Swax Lax. For more lacrosse drills, visit our Lacrosse Training Drills page.