This Rabil Shooting Drill is Not Ideal

There are many quality shooting drills. This isn’t one of them.

Watch first.

Pat of LFR immediately jumped in the mentions.

Pat was then able to provide video evidence that cradling into your crow hop/shuffle was not necessary.

  1. Don’t need multiple cradles to catch and shoot a ball when you have time and room. Additional cradles add time for the goalie to get set and track the back.
  2. How many times a year does a player catch a pass that mimics the trajectory of an underhanded soft toss? No need to practicing something that rarely if ever happens in a game. Or, are you someone potentially like Paul who is more concerned with the shot mechanics rather than the catching mechanics?

If you aren’t worried about the catching and cradling being problematic, consider the footwork.¬†Thanks to a Big 4 practice video we’ve become obsessed with back foot behind the front foot footwork when shooting time and room.

Watch the second rep beginning at the 0:09 mark. By bringing the back foot in front of the front foot, the shooter’s hips are closed off for a moment and as he readjusts he looks out of balance resulting in taking another step to steady himself. Despite his front foot being pointed at the left pipe, he is leaning back and ends up tugging the ball wide off the near pipe.

Of course, the footwork in this particular clip isn’t ideal however that doesn’t mean the drill itself promotes bad footwork.

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  1. Drew Artin (@coachartin) on 12/09/2016 at 10:24 AM

    Can you share the Big 4 link?

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