A common error that players make in the attacking circle is to think that they need to get the ball moving as hard as possible towards the goal. Power is useful in many instances, but placement of the ball in a particular part of the goal is always critical. The speed with which you get the shot away (as opposed to the speed of the ball) is also important. A powerful shot wide of the goal might earn a gasp from the crowd, but it wonâ€™t require a save from the goalkeeper, and so it wonâ€™t earn your fellow forwards a second chance at a shot on goal through a rebound or a tip in after a sloppy save from the goalkeeper. Remember also that although the D is a busy and congested area, sometimes you have more time than you think to prepare. In many instances you can make certain of the quality of the shot on goal rather than rushing your shot execution and hoping for the best. Get the goal shot away quickly if you need to, but take time if you have it to get your technique right. In this way you give yourself the best possible chance of scoring. If you get the ball moving towards goal, anything can happen. A shot on target (regardless of its power) means that the keeper will need to make a save. That can bring about a costly defensive error and create a rebound opportunity if not a goal. So, next time you will be swinging the stick for your almighty hit think about it!