I will counter one of his suggestions that he also counters but didn't realize it ;) - Moving your goalie and 2 bar. I don't do this. When on defense and defending against their 3 bar I become VERY stationary. I close the obvious hole to force them to move the ball to an open shot. Less experienced players may fumble it... additionally, moving constantly, eventually you to create a pattern which great shooter will pick apart.
- 1 hand always on goalie - If you are good at defense, being able to adpat your goalie to bank shots or redirects is very effective against tricky shooters. Down side is that you give up control on the offense. This works well against mid and back table shooters in which you can't stop with the 5 bar. Joe's stat is correct about 5-bar battles... I use this to ensure I'm not reaching when their 3 bar gets control.
- Practice control. Learning to move the ball between...