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“Swat the Fly” to Become a Better Shooter!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ron Caputo, Duke University assistant coach, runs his players through this drill to discourage cradling the ball when shooting. In addition to learning to not cradle the ball, players will also learn to properly exchange their weight when making a shot on goal.

Swat the Fly

Drill Summary: Players form a single file line facing the sideline about 6-7 yards in front of the goal. A coach stands roughly five yards in front of the line with a bunch of balls. To begin, the first player in line steps up and gets in a position similar to a tennis player when they serve the ball, with the arm back over their head and only one hand on the stick. The coach lobs a ball up to where the player can easily catch it, and the player immediately fires a shot into the goal using one hand. Coach Caputo usually gives each player 2-4 reps at a time so they can develop muscle memory.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Don’t cradle the ball.
2) Good weight shift.
3) Focus on form, not accuracy.
4) Hand position on the stick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “15 Drills for Building a Successful Shooting Program.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!


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