Goalie Vision Training: Peripheral Toss Drill (with video)
Earlier this summer InGoal Magazine introduced readers to the True Focus Vision Sports program designed specifically to help goaltenders improve their eye-hand co-ordination.
With 50 drills in this hour-long video, it gives goalies everywhere access to the same program used by NHL prospects like Adam Wilcox of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Zane McIntyre, who made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins earlier this season. MCIntyre and Wilcox are also featured in this sample drill from the video, along with ECHL goalie of the year Josh Robinson.
The drill is called Peripheral Toss.
– The key is that the goalie keeps their eyes forward, with their focus in front of them, as we see Wilcox doing in the image on the right. It’s important not to look at the ball.
– The thrower starts just to the side of the goalie’s sight line and tosses the ball towards the goalie’s opposite hand.
– The goalie must catch out of their peripheral vision without taking their els off the target in front of them.
Increasing the difficulty
– The goaltender can read a sign (like an eye chart) or random letters or numbers out loud while performing the drill. If you have a third person, they can hold numbers up for the goalie to read.
– If the goalie catches three or four out of five, the thrower can move further into the goalie’s periphery.
The goal is to get to 90 degrees from the goaltender and have them still catch three out of every five throws.
As you can see in the video demonstration below, it’s not easy, even for the pros:
It is, however, an important part of goaltending. Just ask Braden Holtby:
“Your biggest muscle as a goalie is your eyes,” Holtby told InGoal for a magazine feature on vision training. “I do a lot of visual training in my pre-game routine to warm up my eyes and keep them sharp. If you’re not seeing it, nothing else matters. Your eyes are the basis of your whole game.”
That’s why InGoal teamed with True Focus Vision for an exclusive discount on their video.
Regularly priced at $59.99, just use the promo code “ingoal” and you get the video for $44.99, a savings of $15, or 25%. Just click here to buy (don’t forget to enter the “ingoal” discount code).
Goalies spend thousands a year in equipment, and sometimes ten times that on-ice training, so why wouldn’t you spend $45 to train the muscles that allow you to see the puck better?