Elevate your goalie game with visual training
“If you’re not seeing it, nothing else matters. Your eyes are the basis of your whole game.”
Guess which NHL goalie said this? If you said reigning Vezina winner, Braden Holtby, then you’d be correct. The popularity around visual training has been on the rise over the last few seasons when headlines were made about NHL goalies resurrecting and improving their games by working on improving their eyes.
The concept of tracking the puck is one that any goalie can tell you is paramount to success, yet it seems the only time goalies get to practice this skill it is on the ice facing shots. Sure, tracking can be improved by repetitious drills involving following the puck from certain angles and learning to read the puck off the stick better, following it more thoroughly, etc, but why limit yourself to that one dimension when so many more are available?
Well, if you’re like me, growing up I had never heard of “visual training” and had no exposure to the technology available. The eyes are a muscle, and just like any other muscle, the more you work and take care of them, the better they will perform. We stretch our legs and gain flexibility, we strengthen our core and gain better balance, well when you train your eyes to adjust to different depths you gain better depth perception. Here at Midwest Goalie School we are constantly expanding our training methods to give students an all around platform to improve their game. One of those platforms we are adding to our business is partnering with Dr. Ross McKay who has a state of the art training system designed specifically for goalies.