Examining the Benefits of a Looser Hip Butterfly
For many, the stereotypical picture involves a goalie with their knees together and hips held high, shoulders back – maybe even lifted – with the arms extended down the sides. We tend to think of this idea as being tall in the down stance, making yourself “big” to take up as much vertical space as possible.
There are certainly times when this stereotyped image may represent the ideal down stance, but should it be the default? Is it still ideal for butterfly situations in tight?
Goaltending coach Corey Wogtech of W Goaltending doesn’t think so.
Wogtech, a former NCAA coach whose work this summer includes extensive on-ice work with new Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Dan Ellis in Omaha and lockout sessions with Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Peter Budaj in Colorado, presented what he believes is a better option in the January edition of InGoal Magazine. After reading through Wogtech’s list of advantages and disadvantages of that steretyped upright butterfly versus a lower, looser-hip butterfly, it’s hard to argue.
1. Un-extended Arms that aren’t locked in at the elbows and leave the goalie with the ability to make a secondary reach.
2. Softer Rebounds created by softer seams around the hips, knees, elbows, and arms.
3. A Wider Butterfly because physiologically loose hips lessen the strain on a goalie’s knee, hip, and ankle joints.
4. The Ability to “Liquefy” or spread out, both downward and outward without opening holes.
5. The Ability to Lean or Shift while also driving the shoulders forward and towards the puck.
Wogtech explains each benefit – and outlines the corresponding negatives of the stiffer, more upright blocking butterfly – in further detail in the article, which includes illustrations showing samples of NHL goaltenders using both.
Then go back to the previous edition of InGoal Magazine to read Wogtech’s article on progressive repetition, which included a video demonstration from Ellis.
And also be sure to check out W Goaltending’s website and the sample video below for more information on their three-part DVD series, with innovative 3-D graphics, game footage, split-screen examples, correct and incorrect boxes, as well as multiple camera angles: