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How to Hold (and control) a Hockey Stick

August 19, 2019

(heavy metal music) – Hey guys, it’s Jeremy
from with the Hockey Movement
and in this video, we’re talking about how
to hold a hockey stick. Now this is a really important topic, especially for younger players because I notice when
working with younger players, not holding the stick right
is probably one of the biggest issues that we see
and it leads to problems with stick handling and shooting. So coaches, check this video and make sure you’re watching those young guys; make sure they start by
holding the stick right, it makes everything else a lot easier. And for the older players
just getting into hockey, you guys should be able to
pick this up really quickly, so let’s get right to it. A few things that we’re
gonna cover in this video is the placement of the
top hand on the stick, also the location of
the stick in the hand, placement of the bottom hand on the stick, the grip between the two,
also what the bottom hand is gonna do and what the
top hand is gonna do. So let’s talk about the top hand first. A simple way to show how
to hold a hockey stick is put the stick on the
ice as if you’re going to take a shot. Grab the
stick with the bottom hand. Now take the top hand,
come over top of the stick, and grab it. That’s how
you wanna hold the stick. Now the big problems that
we see with young players is they wanna hold it
underneath like this. So their hand is actually below the stick, and you can see the top
of the shaft right here. If you can see the top of the shaft, this player is not holding
the stick properly. Simple way to test, to see if the player is holding it right, is right here, between the thumb and the
first finger on the glove, there’s a little piece of padding. If that piece of padding
is lined up with the top of the hockey stick, then
they’re holding it right. Another way to check is
if you take the glove off and we just hold the
stick with our bare hands, you can see the spot between your thumb and your finger should line up with the top of the shaft. That’s
any easy way to check. Next, we’re gonna talk about the placement of the stick in the top hand, and there’s a few different ways you
can actually hold the stick that a lot of players have success with. So first I’ll show you how not to do it. If you’re holding the stick right here, that means probably that the
stick is too long for you. You should probably cut
it right about there and that’s gonna be a comfortable spot. So if you see a player with the butt end sticking right out like that,
that means it’s too long. So how should we hold the stick? There’s a few different
ways I’m gonna tell you. Let’s place the stick on top of my glove and we’ll pretend that
this is x-ray vision. So pretend that the stick
is actually in the palm of my hand. One way is to
have the top two fingers hanging over the top of the knob. You’re only holding the stick with the first two fingers. Some
players like this method because it allows them
to rotate their hand around the stick and
they say it gives them better feel for stick handling. Another method, which is
a little more popular, is to move the stick a little bit higher so that only the pinky
is hanging over the top of the hockey stick.
Same thing, players say it allows them to rotate,
gives them a little better stick handling. The last method, which is also very popular, is to have the entire stick in
your hand so your pinky is actually going to wrap around the knob just a little bit or the
knob just comes a little bit out the end. So you
don’t want to have it hanging right out like that. Either flush or having that pinky over top are probably the two most popular ways
to hold the hockey stick. Next is how the bottom hand
holds the hockey stick. So this is pretty simple.
Take your glove off. And you see this meaty part
right here on your thumb. That part is going to go
right over top of the stick, your fingers are going to
be pointed up, your thumb is going to be pointing down. So with the glove on, grab the stick, fingers of the glove pointed up. The thumb is pretty much pointing down and you can feel that nice meaty part at the bottom of your thumb right on top of the shaft and that helps you really flex that stick and get that power in there. So we know how to hold a
stick with the top hand and the bottom hand, we
know what the placement in the top hand, but what
about this bottom hand? What are we going to do with this? This is probably one of
the most important things to teach because the
placement of this bottom hand really does impact your stick handling and your shooting. Now the
thing with the bottom hand, it’s not always going
to be in the same spot. You actually have to move that around, but there is a good spot to start. I like to call it the benchmark or your neutral position. So what we’re going to
do is grab the stick how we normally would with our top hand and stick it up in the air. Take your elbow of your bottom hand, touch it to the top hand,
then grab the hockey stick. This is your neutral position. If you go any higher than this, you’re not going to have very good success with stick handling and
especially not for shooting. So get the players to
start with their hand there for the neutral position.
Now they will move their hand a little bit higher if they’re really reaching out for a puck or doing a certain stick handling move or a little bit lower if
they’re bringing the puck in close to their body or
they want to take a shot. But this spot right here
is the neutral position where you’re always going to
return your bottom hand to. Last thing I want to talk about is what your hands are actually doing while you’re holding the hockey stick. This is something that
a lot of hockey players never get taught, so I
want to cover it early so you guys are prepared. So first, let’s talk about the top hand. This is really important.
When you’re stick handling, your top hand is doing
mostly all the work. All of these fine little
twitches that you can do with your top hand is going to make you a really silky, smooth stick handler. You’ll see some guys that stick handle with their bottom hand and you’ll notice because they’re going
to sound like (banging). They’re using their bottom hand to pick up their stick and put it
down, it’s really choppy and doesn’t look very smooth. Watch guys like Patrick
Kane, Pavel Datsyuk. If you look at their top
handler stick handling, it’s going like this and it’s twitching. It’s like they’re
scribbling down an essay, because that’s controlling the blade. Fine, little movements up here makes you have nice silky, smooth hands. So what’s your bottom hand
doing while your stick handling? Loose grip and you can
strengthen that grip from time to time for certain moves, but for the most part, you just are having your bottom hand there for
support and a little extra power. So when do you really
wanna use your bottom hand? Bottom hand is great for stick handling if you’re trying to protect the puck, going like this you can block a guy off or if someone’s trying
to take the puck off you. You wanna use that
bottom hand to put weight on your stick. Someone
tries to lift your stick, put some weight on with your bottom hand. That’s gonna help you
be stronger on the puck. So if you wanna be stronger on the puck, protect the puck, put
that weight on the stick with your bottom hand. Second thing you wanna
use your bottom hand for is extra power. When you’re shooting, if you really drive that
bottom hand into the stick, you’re gonna flex that
stick and get a lot more power in your shot. So you’re
gonna use your bottom hand for weight on the stick,
power on your shots, extra support and your top hand is there for those finesse moves, fine movements; and also when you’re
shooting, pulling back to get a little extra power in your shots. Alright guys, that’s it on how to hold a hockey stick. If you’re looking for more hockey stick videos, check out our first one on if you’re a lefty or a righty.
Check out our next one on proper hockey stick length and if you’re looking for more videos to improve your skills, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel. We do new hockey videos every single week. Thanks for watching the video, we’ll see you in the next one.


  • Reply Emir Mononutu January 27, 2015 at 6:28 am


  • Reply David Kalajdzic January 27, 2015 at 7:26 am

    its been a while

  • Reply Joe Kiss January 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Love this video and where do you shoot your videos.

  • Reply Chantal Hutchison January 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I love ur vids Jeremy !!!!!😃😃😃😃😃😃

  • Reply Mechwd Gaming January 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I taught myself hockey (no videos, just trial and error) and Its good to know that I taught myself the right way (all by luck, but yeah).

  • Reply Adam Time January 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    That's the worst video if people where coming to you I bet they know how to hold a stick

  • Reply DHRUV QUINN January 28, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I've been playing hockey for 8 years and I just realized that I wasn't holding it right and now I shot 2 times better than I used to thanks

  • Reply Dave C January 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I taught my son about the elbow neutral position. He likes it and uses it regularly to judge hand distance. BTW, you've got my vote as Ron's new side kick on Coach's Corner when the inevitable happens to Grapes.

  • Reply Greasemonkey215 January 28, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks Jeremy for the videos. Keep up the great work!!!

  • Reply Sneaker economy January 29, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Thanks cause my hand used to be low on the shaft and i could not hit my trget but now i can plus im 11

  • Reply Daniel Fischer January 30, 2015 at 3:46 am

    hey Jeremy, im in a little bit of an odd issue with my new stick. i got a new intermediate stick that i want to use for ball hockey. i like this stick because its the same stick as my roller Hockey stick which my original stick is way to big for me (i prefer a longer stick on skates because i get more reach + a better shot). Anyway when the stick came it was a little bit longer then i expected ( the perfect length i should be using on skates) and i cant navigate in the corners nor get a good snapshot. i have two ideas of what i should do (i just want to know which one u think is better) 1. cut down the new stick so it fits (just above the bottom of my nose), the major downside is it would make it an 85-90 flex stick and i would have a hard time ripping a slapshot (i weight 143). 2. cut down the original stick to about my mouth and get better puck feel and just use the new one for roller, but the stick would be about 110-120 flex and id have no chance of taking a slapshot and im not sure if id have any pop on a snapshot. what do u think i should do. just reply above the comment.

  • Reply Julia O'Dell February 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Jeremy. I'm trying to get some HockeyShot dry land flooring tiles. My dad thinks that the rubber transfer from the puck will take away from the slickness of the tiles though. How much, if any rubber transfer did you get on your dry land tiles? And how do they work now?

  • Reply Kevin Dale February 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Hi.The first link doesn't work unfortunately.

  • Reply cappetro February 5, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Could you guys do some goalie tips?

  • Reply Hockey Balboa February 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Jeremy, you are the best. You have helped make my game so much better, so much faster than I thought possible. You explain things so well and you cover everything imaginable. Thanks and keep up the great work!! It's so awesome to see someone with so much talent willing to help others who simply love the game. Peace, Bro!!

  • Reply Kevin Dale February 22, 2015 at 1:11 am

     grip sticks  or  no grip?

  • Reply newmaj14 February 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    yo can why cant you stick handle with your dominant hand when it is half way down your stick? Just cos i think it is so much easier that way and you don't sacrifice any power when it comes to shots…

  • Reply boipinoi604 February 27, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    This has made my puck control alot better. Thanks jeremy!

  • Reply J March 24, 2015 at 4:34 am

    where's the video where you talk about Lie flex etc

  • Reply Nurhaida April 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. Really helped a lot

  • Reply Michael Hendry June 10, 2015 at 1:38 am

    That was really helpful thx so much

  • Reply Marcus Millar July 18, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Are you right handed?

  • Reply Dan Gladstone October 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm


  • Reply Byron Ellis March 26, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Thank you coach Jeremy

  • Reply Byron Ellis March 28, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    but can you teach me how to control on cement and concrete. what if surface is not smooth and you can't afford a shooting pad

  • Reply supernerdygeek 1 April 12, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    how tall are you?

  • Reply internet human May 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I'm in grade 8 and I live in Canada most of the kids in my class have played hockey for their whole lives. We were playing hockey in gym and people were saying I wasn't trying. I just didn't know how to hold a hockey stick and then most of the boys made fun of me. After school I cried and I just wanted to say thanks. You don't realize how helpful this really is. (:

  • Reply brockleyrocks May 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you! Iʻm getting ready to take my PSA Master Ratings exam, and they ask how to hold a stick properly. Iʻve always been able to demonstrate, but as a figure skating coach, itʻs much harder for me to verbalize. Your explanation is much appreciated!!

  • Reply John Doe September 30, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I'm 16 just starting rip

  • Reply NightLock Games November 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Very useful. Thx! 😀

  • Reply Zuzza January 27, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks, that was very helpfull.

  • Reply Brendan Gardner March 8, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Think I'm getting hang of it, but still confused… am I supposed to hold it with my hands or my feet?

  • Reply lil garbage March 30, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I feel like an idiot since I'm only starting to play hockey and I'm 15, when most people I know have been doing it since they were little

  • Reply Daniel Cichosz April 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    mega bender jk great video

  • Reply Haylie Banes July 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    So I love hockey and we have 1 hockey league where I live but the problem is I’m a girl and it’s boy only the coach’s saidIf I had better stick handling then I could play u think this vid is gonna help me alot

  • Reply Ariq Toy Channel September 28, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    3rd grader

  • Reply Gecko Kid101 December 12, 2018 at 1:52 am

    So I started playing hockey in 2017-18 seasons and I sucked I got 3 goals in 1 season wen I started watching your videos in the 2018-19 season so far I hav 20 goals and 17 assists

  • Reply Ryan Who March 9, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    thanks this video helps, my wrist of my top hand hurt after one practice and i thought it was my form so i came to youtube for help

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