When young goalies have the idea of dropping to their knees in their head, they start to use it as a default. Dropping to their knees even on high shots. Or dropping on bounce shots that end up high.
As I discussed above, many times when a goalie ends on the ground they’re just trying to throw whatever body part they can in front of shot, and that’s fine. But – in my opinion – your default save technique for lows should be to always stay on your feet.
Undo the Habit of Dropping to Knees
So let’s say you’re a goalie who has the habit of dropping to their knees on low shots and you want to break that habit.
How do you do it?
That’s really all I can offer you. Take low shots and practice the proper technique until the habit is gone.
If you drop to your knees for a save, punish yourself by running a full field sprint or doing 25 pushups.
Get tired? Then don’t drop to your knees.
Ultimately there’s no one correct way to play this beautiful position we call lacrosse goalie.
One the variances afforded to the position is your technique for making those low saves.
There are 2 choices: drop down to your knees/butt or stay on your feet.
While both offer pros and cons I feel pretty strongly lacrosse goalies make more saves over time by staying on their feet.
Until next time! Coach Damon
What’s your low save technique? Drop to knees? Or stay on your feet? Leave me a comment down below.
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About Coach Damon
About Coach Damon
Lacrosse is my passion! The game has given me so much and this blog is my way of giving back to the lax community. Specifically the most bad a$$ part of that community - the goalies! After learning to play goalie from scratch, I wanted to create a site where I could share what I learned with others so they too can become champions in the crease and in life. Learn more about Coach Damon.