There is a good chance you have unknowingly(or knowingly) done a half clap while under pressure, but it can take a bit of practice to get use to the timing in order to perform it on demand. We’ll cover the what, how, and when in the following write up…
What is a Half Clap?
For those who don’t already know, a half clap is just a slap shot; however, you don’t wind up all the way so it’s much quicker than taking a regular full slap shot.
Here is an example of what it looks like:
How to do it
Much like a regular slapshot except you pull back the right analog stick only about 80-90% of the way and then immediately push forward again. This MUST be done very quickly, if it’s not fast enough then your player will do the regular full wind up animation.
I recommend practicing this in a Free Skate to get the timing down before trying utilize it in a game:
When to do it
As illustrated in the first video, it’s best utilized while under pressure. When you don’t have time to wind up a wrist shot or a full slapshot but want something harder than a snapshot.
I use it frequently with my D men to ensure I get a shot on net before a defender gets in the lane or pokechecks me.
With that said, it’s a lot of fun to score with so you might end up finding yourself using it all over the place!
**The last clip in that montage is actually against me – awesome shot! Deserving of being in the montage. Even re-uploaded the video just to add it. Making me do extra work… wow, the nerve on that guy.
Is it the Best Shot in NHL 17?
Best overall shot? Probably not. Best in certain situations? Definitely! I feel each shot has it’s own best use case scenario, which I guess isn’t much of a surprise but it’s definitely worth mastering them all to become the most complete NHL 17 player.
I’ll likely do a post for each type of shot and break it down like I have with the half clap above – let me know in the comments if that is something you would be interested in 🙂
See ya at the blueline!