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Chicago Blues 01-29-2012 08:04 PM

Newb Question
I stop great leading with my right foot but absolutely can't leading with my left. I prefer playing on the left side so this is a huge problem. Any advice?

I just can't get my left inside edge to slide - it catches the ice and i go flying.

ArrogantOwl 01-29-2012 08:05 PM

Just practice it in non-game situations such as a public skate.

Chicago Blues 01-29-2012 08:08 PM

Any good drills or methods?

ArrogantOwl 01-29-2012 08:27 PM

The only thing I can explicitly think of is to mentally walk yourself what you do on the right side and apply it to the left. Unless you have some other underlying problem.

hyster110 01-29-2012 08:56 PM


Originally Posted by Chicago Blues (Post 43275889)
Any good drills or methods?

start slow and then work up your speed its all about practice

kr580 01-29-2012 09:30 PM

Try to go very slow but try to stop over and over. Take a couple steps to get going slowly and then do whatever you can to stop. Then get going again, stop. Go, stop. Over and over. Stop every 5 feet or so.

That's how it worked for me anyway. Stopping so often, you'll get a feel for what you need to change each time, instead of just stopping every once in awhile with that feeling gone by then.

Chicago Blues 01-29-2012 10:53 PM

Alright, that's what I did today. I just wondered if there was something more efficient. Thanks for the tips, it's appreciated.

Royal Canuck 01-30-2012 12:42 AM

you probably just loaded all your training and muscle onto one leg. I did this as a goalie growing up, I had great pushing and power with my right leg but couldnt do anything with my left. just keep practicing with your leg thats troubling you and you should be able to balance things out.

Jarick 01-30-2012 10:07 AM

Here's a couple threads with good advice:


It's the same movement as on your other side. You just have to start very slow, scrap the ice, get a feel for that, and then dig in more and more as you get comfortable. Takes a while, really sucks, and when you learn it you feel awesome.

Chicago Blues 01-30-2012 10:27 AM

Very helpful...thank you.

nightfighter 01-30-2012 11:53 AM

If you find your blade catching too much it may be that you have too much of your weight on that lead foot, or your inside edge on the left foot is still quite sharp compared to your other edges because you probably rarely use it. You can try standing by the boards and push your left leg out, scraping the ice a few times to get some of your glide back.

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