As a hockey player you should have a decent set of hands. You should be able to move the puck quickly from side to side and having the odd deke up your sleeve never hurts either. The only way you can develop quick hands is by practicing and that is what the Smathockey stickhandling balls are for. This is a full review of the stickhandling balls.
Purpose – The purpose of the Smarthockey stickhandling balls is to replicate the feeling of a puck on the ice in an off-ice situation
Price – The Smarthockey balls sell for around $10 in most hockey stores and on Hockey Shot
Design – The ball is specifically designed to match the feel of a puck. The Smarthockey ball weighs a few ounces less than a puck, this was done because the added friction when used off the ice makes it feel heavier, so the lighter ball should feel like a puck does on the ice. The Smarthockey ball also uses a durable outer core that gives it a similar feel to a hockey puck. The slide and contact-point was also designed to be as close to a puck as possible.
Taking the SmartHockey Stickhandling Ball to the Streets
Stickhandling – So does the Smarthockey ball feel just like a puck? Well, no.. It does have a similar feel, but nothing will ever match the feel of a puck on ice. It is very easy to drop the ball anywhere and start practicing, the stickhandling ball will challenge any player to improve their skills.
Feel – Like I mentioned above it does not feel exactly like a puck, but it is pretty close. The physics of a ball are different then a puck, but in my mind the balls from SmartHockey are the best out there.
Drills – There are a TONNE of off-ice drills that you can do with a stickhandling ball. I just did some standard drills like the soft touch, figure 8, toe-drags and the yo-yo. I also tend to just mess around with the ball and see what I can do just to test my limits. If you need some ideas you can visit this page with 20 off-ice stickhandling drills
I can not really think of any downfalls to the SmartHockey stickhandling balls, if you have tried them and have any complaints then leave a comment in the section below.
- Weight, feel and slide have been engineered to feel as close to a puck as possible
- Easy to use almost anywhere
- Will help hockey players improve their hands and puck control
- Very durable
- Fun to use!
Smarthockey Stickhandling Ball Video Review
Where to Buy the Smarthockey Balls
You can get the stickhandling balls in most hockey shops, or order online at Hockey Shot on their Smart Hockey training ball page