The LTR for speed, balance, coverage, and recovery

 The LTR or lateral transfer rotation is a key ingredient to all saves lateral. This is a new term that we at GOALIETECHhave created for goalies to understand the importance of exactly what the term states. Lateral of course meaning we must push to the puck side location or where the puck may be headed using a push with the opposite side leg and not just a reach with the save leg.  Transfer meaning the goalie must shift the weight or transfer it to the puck side location. And rotation meaning the goalie is to rotate the opposite shoulder, arm, core and head to the puck side.

The LTR is a key ingredient to all saves lateral for speed. If the opposite side of your body (the non puck side) doesn't LTR it restricts the movement thus slowing you down near the end of lateral move. Balance is also affected by not transferring and rotating the opposite side which will put the goalie out of position for a rebound. Also, there is less net protected because the opposite side is moving in the opposite direction of the puck. Recovery time is effected as well by the opposite side not performing the LTR.

Here are samples of non LTR...

The key to this save attempt above and the two immediately below are the goalies are simply reaching with the save leg. They didn't push with the opposite leg (non puck side leg) for speed. Also notice the non puck side arms and how they are headed off in the opposite direction the puck is headed. The non puck side arms should have rotated to the puck making them faster and allow for a longer reach. Notice the balance is off and they will now be out of position for a rebound. Because the non puck side arms are headed in the opposite direction there is now tension in the muscles which restricts the puck side from maximum lateral coverage. If they makes these saves, they are in no position for a quick recovery or rebound.

Notice above how the goalie is straining to get to the puck location.


Again, almost the same scenario above. The goalie simply reached with the save leg rather than pushed with the opposite leg for better speed, coverage, and a quicker recovery.


What lateral transfer rotations looks like below...


 As seen in the two pictures immediately above there is a hard push (lateral movement) with opposite side leg for speed rather than just a reach with save leg. Also notice the rotation of the arm and head. They also transferred their weight to be over top the save leg. They are in a great position to get to a recovery position. The puck has little net to enter, providing maximum coverage. They are also in a great position for a full and quick recovery.