Striking from the Hand

Here are the Key Teaching Points for Striking from the Hand

– Hold the ball in the non-dominant hand with the elbow slightly bent. The shoulders and feet should be in line with the target

-Toss the ball from the cupped hand to shoulder height; keep eyes on the ball

-Slide the non-dominant hand into the Lock Position, bending the elbows to raise the hurley

-The hurley should be upright in front of the non-dominant shoulder with the bas above head height

-Step forward with the lead foot and swing the hurley downward with a wristy action; strike the ball between knee and hip level

-Transfer the body weight from the dominant leg to the non-dominant leg as the swing is completed

-On the non-dominant side, raise the hurley to the non-dominant shoulder; transfer body weight to the dominant leg

Here are the Common Errors for Striking from the Hand

Missing the ball completely!

-To correct, hold the hurley short initially before gradually moving to hold it at full length

Placing the non-dominant hand above the dominant hand on the hurley; this may not affect the player’s ability to strike the ball but may limit their ability to adapt the strike in a game situation

-To correct, place the non-dominant hand below the dominant hand in the lock position


Lifting the head to follow the ball before completing the strike

-To correct, continue to keep the head down, looking at the point of impact until the follow through is complete

Tossing the ball up too high or too far in front; this may lead tomissing the ball as it drops, or delaying the swing and affecting the timing of the strike

-To correct, practise simply tossing the ball up to shoulder height and catching it


Demonstrating is Senior Camogie player, Aoife Mc Mullen.



Demonstrating some striking from the hand challenges is Senior Hurler, Paddy Maher.