What is the Forehand Shot in Air Hockey?
As the name suggests, the forehand shot in air hockey requires a player to shoot the puck with a lot of force using their forehand. These shots can be used in two situations; either when you serve or during transition.
But the biggest question is, when do you use a forehand shot in air hockey? Without the perfect timing, things won’t go your way. It’s best to use this shot if you want to change the pace of your game and throw off your opponent, especially when they know what to expect and keep blocking your shots. Thus, use it only in an offense position to maximise your chances of scoring a goal.
There are three types of forehand shots, each that requires precision and practice to perfect. These include straight, right wall and left wall.
How to do a Forehand air hockey shot?
Once you’ve covered your bases on what a forehand shot is, it is time to learn how to do it.
The biggest mistake that amateur players make is shooting a straight shot from right behind the puck. Shoot the puck from a slight angle with a significant amount of force. Use this only if you see the other side of the goal unguarded and empty. To perfect this shot, start with a slower speed and move to higher force till you find the right intensity.
As the name suggests, the left wall forehand shot requires you to shoot the puck at approximately a 40 angle towards the left wall. This requires more force so that the puck only bounces off the wall once and heads towards the goal.
The right wall forehand shot is the same as the left wall shot except, of course, you shoot it towards the right wall. It takes practice to get the angle right as well as ensure that the puck goes into the goal.
You can also use forehand shots to shoot diamond and reverse diamond drifts. In these, the puck bounces off the wall multiple times before reaching the goal.