Hello Tom and fellow coaches out there,
My young son was handed a hockey stick very early on, in fact, within the 1st couple years of his life. The "hockey stick", has been his favorite "toy" ever since. He's 5 now, skating well, stickhandling and shooting are fine for his age, and he just loves to play and have fun.
I had never given much attention to the way he holds his stick or shoots, other than insisting on a straight blade and letting him get a feel for both sides during this fundamental stage. He's well trained on keeping 2 hands on the stick and looks natural.
He's asking now for a curved blade and it donned on me ...
He's a righty (does everything right handed), and he naturally chose to shoot right in hockey. (left hand on top, right hand on bottom).
I'm a righty, and I shoot left in hockey. (right hand on top, left hand on bottom).
My one brother is a lefty and he shoots right in hockey.
My other brother is a lefty, and he shoots left in hockey.
So my question is...do you see any advantages or disadvantages in any of these scenarios? I'd think that having the dominant hand on the top of the stick would provide better one handed puck control (in corners and on the rush) and also give the player a stronger/ more controlled defensive poke check.
I can't think of any advantages of having the weaker hand at the top... but it obviously comes natural to some people (my son included).
Just a topic of interest that I haven't ever thought about before. I look forward to any insight and expereince with this phenomenon.