The backhand shot ( English backhand shot or backhander ) describes a shooting technique in ice hockey . The puck is played with the back of the blade (club face). The backhand shot is not as precise as the wrist shot , but it can cause confusion for the goalkeeper if the goalkeeper does not notice the fire in time. It is then difficult for him to stop the puck and prevent a goal. When it comes to a backhand shot, time is the decisive factor: during a fast-paced stage there is often not enough leeway to quickly change the lead of the club . In this case, a targeted shot with the backhand is suitable so that a possible scoring chance is not simply missed. If a player has mastered a strong and accurate shot with the backhand, this opens up a wide range of goal opportunities. Overall, deception is used in backhand shots, while in forehand shots, the player's speed and muscle power predominate. The puck's trajectory is difficult to predict, but is usually aimed at the higher parts of the goal.
The execution of a backhand shot is divided into the following phases:
- The handle is slightly wider, while the lower wrist controls the puck guide. The disc is located in the middle of the blade or a little closer to the shaft and is always in contact with the blade. This is aligned at a right angle to the target, the weight of the player is initially on the back leg.
- To shoot, the lower hand pushes the bat from the wrist, while the upper hand, also from the wrist, pulls it. At the same time, the weight is transferred to the front leg. For a high shot, the stick is moved further up. When the shot is over, the shovel points towards the target.