The Physics of the Slap Shot
High-speed camera reveals that a powerful slap shot is all about timing.
Using a high-speed camera — combined with a little intellectual curiosity, scientific method and engineering know-how — Destin digs into the physics behind the shot’s characteristic speed and power.
According to Sandlin, an effective slap shot isn’t so much about a player’s hand speed. Instead, it comes down to their intuitive ability to pre-load the stick by first striking it against the ice (just shy of breaking it, of course) and then releasing its stored energy in a timely fashion as it impacts the puck.
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