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Our thanks to goalie vision training expert Josh Tucker of True Focus Vision for contributing the video for this article.

When we saw footage of Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman doing a ball drop drill as part of his pre-game warm up on social media, we turned immediately to goalie vision training expert Josh Tucker of True Focus Vision for more insights and advice on how other goalies can incorporate this type of eye-hand coordination training into their routine.

Before we get to Tucker’s takeaways and a progression of the drill that other goalies can follow, let’s watch Swayman in action. It’s an impressive pace:

Even with a drop, Swayman makes that look somewhat easy. It’s not.

When Tucker set out to film the video below, he started with a couple of high school goalies that he trains. They couldn’t do it, so they re-watched the video, convinced it must be running at double speed. Tucker, who runs True Focus Vision in Minnesota and has worked with 30 NHL goalies and 12 NHL teams during the past 18 years, turned to one of his more experiences goalies and came up with a simpler starting point for the progression:

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