To be an effective goalkeeper, one the team can count on, agility, speed, and quick reaction time are the fundamental requirements. These skills are universal and apply to all goalkeepers, no matter if they are in hockey, soccer, or handball.
Luckily, reaction time can be improved bygoalkeeper reflex training. It is because our bodies and brains are designed to get good at what we repeatedly do.
Here are some of the most effectivegoalkeeper reflex training drills that can help improve your reaction time for goalkeeping.
This one is primarily forsoccer goalie reaction time training but can be used by any other goalie too. You’ll need 5 soccer balls and a partner for this exercise.
This drill needs a partner and a set of reaction training lights, and the BlazePod app.
If you do not have reaction training lights, you can do the same by asking your partner to shout ‘right’ or ‘left’ before every hit, and you’ll have to touch the corresponding pole before you block the goal.
You can also come up with your own ideas for the training. All you need to keep in mind is that you have to create a scenario where you have to react fast to something that you are not expecting.