The Tomahawk is a key shooting skill in field hockey. Also known as a backhand shot, the tomahawk can pack a powerful punch. When correctly performed the stroke will allow you to attack from a left sided stance. The left side angle opens up play allowing you to shoot or spray passes from left to right.
Start with your grip. Both hands should grip the top of the handle with your thumb and forefingers, creating ‘V’ shapes toward the bottom of the stick.
Step with your right foot towards the ball which should be a stick length away when you make contact.
Swing with your stick so when it reaches the ball the shaft of the stick is flat and only an inch off the ground.
Do not strike the ball with the toe/hook. Hit the ball with the shaft two inches above the toe/hook.
Your body, leading leg and stick should be in one straight line when the ball is struck. Keep your head low so you don’t loose balance. The tomahawk is a powerful strike for shooting on goal.