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How to Play Lacrosse : Shooting Goals in Lacrosse

Hi! This is Tamir Elterman on behalf of Expertvillage.com.
In this clip I am going to be talking about shooting. First what you need in an outside
shooting is your positioning. You need to have your shoulders perpendicular to the goal
and your feet parallel to the front of the goal. If you are shooting right handed, you
are going to have your left foot closest to the goal. When you are shooting left handed
you are going to have your right foot closest to the goal. Next thing you need is to have
your hands positioned correctly and you have your bottom hand on the very bottom of the
stick and your top hand lower than throwing or catching so as to really get that leverage
to get a good powerful shot. The next thing you need to do is get your arms really far
out away from your body extended and get your hands really far back to wind up kind of like
a baseball swing. You want your top hand about six inches away from your shoulder. You can
really wind up and go through with that shot. The most important part to getting power is
the trunk rotation, that is kind of like also in a baseball swing where you are back here
and you come through with your hips to get a good shot. You also going to want to shift
your weight from your back foot to your front foot as you do in the trunk rotation. So it
is going to look something like a baseball swing in where coming back your hands far
back and you are transferring that weight. Now I am going to show you the full shooting
motion incorporating some of the things that we talked about. When aiming to shoot, you
are going to want to shoot at either one of the four corners or you are going to want
to shoot in front of the goalie on the ground, so that it bounces past them. Those are usually
harder for goalies to track. Also when people are winding up to shoot they tend to look
at the goalie instead of the wide parts of the goal and if you look at the goalie you
are more likely to just shoot into their stick. So you want to do a nice hard shot at the
goal either bounce shot or a straight shot.

David Frank



  1. Jamie Lebert Posted on July 27, 2008 at 4:16 am

    shooting is kinda a thing ya gotta learn on ur own cuz each stick is different cuz theres multiple ways people have their shotting strings done but ok vid

  2. Edward DeBartolo Posted on August 21, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    if this video is instructional he shud really be stressing the overhand shot. beginners shudnt be shooting side or 3/4 arm. bad habit.

  3. Ryan Simpson Posted on October 9, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    you forgot off side hip dumbass

  4. matt white Posted on November 12, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    you would never shoot like that in a game, if you did it would be stopped with a simple poke check to the bottom hand, or the defender would just run at the shot, forcing the player to shoot wide, or away from the goal.

    Most college-level lacroose shots are taken down the alley
    Teach that, because anyone can do this, and anyone can also defend it easily

  5. dosoon Posted on January 15, 2009 at 5:03 am

    "bounce shot or a straight shot" *awkward knee bend* LOL 2:16

  6. jarroddude654 Posted on February 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    im bout to start lacrosee any suggestions?

  7. Mack Cary Posted on March 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    just keep practicing with them on. try never to take them off and eventually u will break them in (if they are new) and it wil be easier. just practice with them on

  8. john cenna Posted on March 4, 2009 at 1:36 am

    buy new gloves or make the gloves tighter

  9. Mitchell Roane Posted on March 4, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    tape ur stick. google on how to tape ur lacrosse stick that helps u grip it if u have bad gloves.

  10. Peadar McGhabhann Posted on March 9, 2009 at 12:19 am

    lacrosse is for wee girls
    come to ireland and we'll teach you a man's game——HURLING

  11. Cameron Canales Posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:26 am

    under your pads anything over your pads i mean if you dont haev the gay flappy shoulder pads you dont have to wear a jersey either its what ever feels comfortable

  12. pbLAXx Posted on March 27, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Does his shot at 1:48 bounce off the wall?

  13. Pat White Posted on March 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    i have a helix head and a krypto pro shaft

  14. Calaia Jackson Posted on March 29, 2009 at 4:11 am

    yeah it looked like it ricocheted off

  15. Maximilian Stumpf Posted on March 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    it works quite ok for me when i'm practicing but in the game i fuck up every shot…

  16. Michael Maurer Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:52 am

    my shots,suck,but i think this might improve it,well hope it does I have a game this Saturday!!

  17. Jack Woolford Posted on March 31, 2009 at 8:10 am

    even though i watch this heaps i still fuck up everything in my cranks

  18. rutledge123 Posted on April 1, 2009 at 1:30 am

    what no underhand tips, gah these tips are for like picking up the stick for the first time, ive been playin for only 2 months and im way past these lessons, no offence, but i wanted some pointers on more difficult forms of shooting, elevators, underhand, side arm, ect…

  19. Michael Maurer Posted on April 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    yeah,i tried that too with a shadow ,and does help a lot,i dont want to break anything in the house,jajaja

  20. Lars Keil Posted on April 2, 2009 at 1:39 am

    if thats the caliber of player that plays at oregon then my high school team could beat oregon. not only are his mechanics poor, but he doesnt understand the fundamentals behind what hes trying to say. very NOT expert advice

  21. Lars Keil Posted on April 2, 2009 at 1:41 am

    if youve only been playing for two months then the only thing you should be focusing on is shooting overhand. not only do you probably not understand what your doing, you probably have no idea why sidearm and underhand shots are a bad decision in almost any situation

  22. rutledge123 Posted on April 3, 2009 at 1:17 am

    im inclined to ask y? because in a game situation, i have never been presented with a clear oppurtunity to shoot a straight over handed shot, i am always being pushed or shoved during the release causing me to release at an angle, which messes with my accuracy, but gives the goalie a different looking shot, so it is harder to save
    i always have aimed low for bounce shots, and side arm is particularly good for this, at least in my accounts
    so why is it never a good idea?

  23. Lars Keil Posted on April 6, 2009 at 2:59 am

    fundamentally there are some similarities between a lacrosse shot and a baseball swing yes, but to legitimately try to compare the two as a testament to his lack of knowledge, and yours, if you really knew about lacrosse, youd knowthat

  24. Lars Keil Posted on April 6, 2009 at 3:03 am

    because overhand shots are the most difficult shots for a goalie to save. its easier to hide the head of your stick and harder for the goalie to judge where your shooting. sidearm shots are a lot easier for goalies to read. if you ask a lot of goalies what are the hardest shots to save your going to hear the same answer over and over, overhand, overhand high to low, overhand high to low on the run

  25. pi0trekkahn Posted on April 7, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    you were shooting right in the middle

  26. lzeppelinrocks Posted on April 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    it doesnt matter if you rake the ball while practicing its only in games that your not suppose to

  27. Jack Woolford Posted on April 12, 2009 at 4:33 am

    yeah fuck yeah lostcause444 dam straight hahaha

  28. Lars Keil Posted on April 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    and kids that tend to shoot sidearm and arent correct by their coaches to shoot overhand and more often than not than not kids who end up sucking. and if you are a goalie and you think that a kid has a better chance putting the ball anywhere they want sidearm is just ignorant, and a very poor job on your part in trying to learn what a shooter does and how to beat him

  29. Lars Keil Posted on April 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    good players wont, but then again you wouldnt kno

  30. Lars Keil Posted on April 20, 2009 at 2:56 am

    yea i screwed that first bit up, all im sayin is kids who focus on being fundamentally sound, i.e. shooting overhand ect…, tend to progress farther and faster than kids who try to look cool and shoot sidearm.i am not a goalie by trade, though i have gotten in net to find out how the other half lives. i have coached in college and high school, and i do not know one respectable coach, D1, 2, 3, or high school who teaches and preaches to their players to shoot sidearm

  31. Lars Keil Posted on April 20, 2009 at 2:57 am

    the next time you have a thought . . . let it go

  32. Sean Bennett Posted on April 20, 2009 at 9:14 am

    totally agree! his shot isn't that great and don't keep comparing it to a baseball swing because it's nothing like that imo.

  33. Sean Bennett Posted on April 20, 2009 at 9:17 am

    yeah, i got what you meant and pride myself on using good technique in my game. also, sidearm shots aren't faster than an overhand shot. they are perceived to be faster but they aren't.

  34. Austin Dickerson Posted on April 21, 2009 at 1:24 am

    isnt the goalies perception the thing that matters?

  35. Sean Bennett Posted on April 21, 2009 at 7:51 am

    nah, i mean that it feels kind of faster to the person throwing a sidearm shot but actually isn't (i know some people will not agree with this idea though)

  36. Zack Serrott Posted on April 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Here I'll give you a sticker, well lets see I have stars! You want stars? I got red stars, blue stars, gold stars, green stars, and any star that you want!
    Now let me place this star right on your cheek, just so you can brag to all the little 5th graders!
    Isn't that nice?

  37. Danny Fortino Posted on May 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    he has a damn good shot

  38. thekidwiththefro Posted on May 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    are you retarded
    top corners that are right by the goalies stick?

  39. Siwon Kim Posted on May 15, 2009 at 4:06 am

    why does a position matter? this is not like taking a penalty goal like a soccer..if you score, it doesnt matter if your left foot is front or something like that..who cares about the position??

  40. thekidwiththefro Posted on May 25, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Hah yea actually and I've started over 2 returning goalies for JV
    but varsity I just sat the bench haha

  41. dwade229 Posted on June 5, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Nice try guys but I am a D pole and i played some goalie…
    attacks will almost never have that much time for that close of a shot…
    It depends on how well the defense plays…

    but then again this is just on techniques so anyway good job Tamir

  42. Nick Briggs Posted on June 11, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Awesome!! Thank you!! Your awesome!!!

  43. Bradly Kramer Posted on June 25, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    hey im new to lacrosse could any body give me some tips?

  44. Jameson Zelasko Posted on July 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    your supposed to usually shoot from the top

  45. WooferZed Posted on July 27, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Lisen to your coachs, they know the most. And dont try to learn from youtube videos, just no

  46. Number One Fan Posted on August 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    no side arm does have accurcy.. .. its like in between a under hand and over hand.. over hand is all about accury.. under is all power side arm incoperates both..

  47. n Posted on August 19, 2009 at 3:16 am

    hav u ever play lax lol

  48. Tim Jack Posted on September 27, 2009 at 2:34 am

    it does depend on the player but. you don't teach somebody new a side arm shot. you teach them overhand first.

  49. Kevin Heymann Posted on December 12, 2009 at 1:04 am

    corporallukemia, you practice your worst shot not your best so you get better

  50. Caleb Andrews Posted on January 30, 2010 at 3:06 am

    top hand. bottom hand is there to keep the stick in your hands when it gets hit.

  51. matt jones Posted on February 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    :37-:33 really helped me. i couldnt find anyone to answer that one for me! thanks i appreciate it expert village

  52. vaughnrox1228 Posted on February 27, 2010 at 1:07 am

    hey im just starting lacrosse and i need to know if i need to buy elbow pads and all that arm guard shit for a high school team.

  53. cole houser Posted on March 4, 2010 at 1:29 am

    guys this sounds good, but he is actually going side arm so if you are a beginner i wouldnt start off shooting like that

  54. Kelkiiii Posted on March 12, 2010 at 3:18 am

    @overdriveteam123 yah i tried shooting sidearm yesterday, messed up my shoulder so bad lmao, it still hurts a bit im getting better tho XD

  55. rmc421 Posted on March 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    he has to stop refering to it as a baseball swing. its nothing like that

  56. XxSiLvAxXx Posted on April 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm


  57. Jonah Posted on April 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    @5inchfootlong k well if the ball comes out behind you, you have it too far back closer to the ground… and the ball is supposed to stay in the pocket until you follow through..unless your saying that it's hitting the ground. if its hitting the ground when it comes out right away you have WAY too much whip. ask someone on your team to string it for you that knows how to do it WELL

  58. bricks458 Posted on May 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Never shoot sidearm its way too inaccurate

  59. next2talljones Posted on June 21, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport on EARTH! It is not the most popular by far. It is the national sport of Canada(not hockey), Denmark, and France. FTW for LAX!

  60. Espumona Posted on August 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I had to watch the vido tice, because the first time I couldn't get my eyes off the teacher 😛

  61. ThatKidCanBall1234 Posted on August 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    surprised he actually pinned top right on that third shot

  62. Judson Adair Posted on October 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    dude pull ur pants up

  63. dylan65p Posted on October 31, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    ewwww he said baseball

  64. Austin Fern Posted on December 8, 2010 at 5:07 am

    @dylan65p baseball is stupid compared to lacrosse

  65. dylan65p Posted on December 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    @MultipleTopicsGuy thats kinda what im saying

  66. MrGtothek Posted on December 31, 2010 at 6:06 am

    I just started playing lacrosse and holy fucking shit he's bad at shooting

  67. Asfandyar Javaid Posted on January 9, 2011 at 5:22 am

    sooo im new to lax and idk if this guy is right..is tht how ur supposd to shoot?? somebody tell me pleez thnx

  68. xavier maira Posted on February 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    there is no skill in thsi sport

  69. SizzlinNinja Posted on February 25, 2011 at 2:29 am

    NEW PLAYERS: Do overhead shots, not sidearm. Sidearm generally decreases your accuracy.

  70. SizzlinNinja Posted on February 25, 2011 at 2:31 am

    @fuckthesox1 I bet you haven't even picked up a stick.. Most people who haven't played will shoot and hit the ground because there is technique in everything you do. You can just swing your stick around a make a goal.. Let alone from getting the ball to the altitude you want, you also I have to deal with getting the ball in the direction you want to go. You have to be extremely, be able to be hit, have stick and foot skills. So STFU, I bet you have never touched a crosse.

  71. ejrough Posted on March 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Always always always practice with gloves on. You'll never be in a game without gloves so always practice with them on.

  72. Turner Brown Posted on April 17, 2011 at 1:46 am

    @fuckthesox1 your retarded you obviosly never played it or you did and you suck so stop complaining get off the computer and play a real sport like lacrosse

  73. xavier maira Posted on April 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    @Musicality1209 nope its to easy and lacrosse bearly has a pro lacrosse its a joke just like the sport

  74. DonH2Osurfer Posted on April 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    who is this dork anyway?

  75. Nathan Truitt Posted on April 25, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Overhead= accuracy, sidearm= power.

  76. Dinusha Adikaram Posted on May 8, 2011 at 2:30 am

    this guy isnt totally sidearm though..its like a 45 degree angle. i want to practice that coz my overhead is alright, but sidearm just goes all over the shop and I dont have the balls to shoot side arm in a game. but this guys technique looks pretty cool

  77. abcdefnfsmadden11 Posted on June 16, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I feel like sayin ima firin ma laser b4 he shoots every ball

  78. MrLzlax0190 Posted on July 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    then you need to leave your stick hanging way behind you to let your defenseman death check you

  79. Ryan Posted on October 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

    You have an illegal stick and you're fat.

  80. Tim Smith Posted on February 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    if your watching this video you clearly dont play baseball so why mention baseball in the video

  81. Sam Footlik Posted on March 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I play baseball and lax sooo

  82. xKromez Posted on March 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Yeah that's totaly right u need to leave your stick high and far away from you so that when your about to shoot the defensemen can come and wack the shit out of your stick… Everything except that tip was good

  83. Tim Smith Posted on March 26, 2012 at 1:22 am

    explainsince their both spring sports

  84. Sam Footlik Posted on March 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Baseball everyday till 5 and lax on mondays wednesdays and sundays and i leave early for lax at 4:15

  85. Michael Todd Posted on April 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    This is fuckin bullshit! I'm just starting lax, but everytime I try to fuckin shoot like this I throw it into the ground, wtf!!!

  86. watermelon dog Posted on April 14, 2012 at 1:47 am

    lots of kids in my high school do both because as soon as lacrosse is over, baseball starts so it's possible.

  87. Tim Smith Posted on April 17, 2012 at 1:18 am

    no because in my high school lacrosse is now and baseball is now soooooooo

  88. ZachMitch1994 Posted on April 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    dont listen to this guy in the video you want your top hand in the middle of the stick not six inches over your shoulder and step in with your opposite foot and throw right over the shoulder and DO NOT ROTATE LIKE HE says over the shoulder not a baseball swing

  89. gowaneagle Posted on May 10, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Alaster74 try re-stringing your head with bigger shooting strings

  90. Japarican11 Posted on July 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This is… not very good. for starters, ive never heard of this guy, maybe they should get an actual expert. second, he is shooting side arm, and mentions baseball so much, its confusing. this is bad for anyone trying to learn to shoot. one of the best methods is watching college lacrosse, and just trying on your own. awful…

  91. Shields21 Posted on July 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    You know this guy sucks at lacrosse just by looking at how low his pants are.

  92. Walt Gentry Posted on November 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I thought about asking a question but odds are, he won't know the answer….

  93. lilfunny1234 Posted on December 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hang your stick a little bit more…