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sc37 11-06-2006 07:07 PM

Sharp Turns/Skate Radius
 
Ok...been working on my skating form. Been working really hard on doing things properly, but have come across a problem. I've never gotten a radius or profile on my skates before, so I've got no clue. But when doing sharp turns, inside foot foward, I feel as if I can't dig and lean all the way when I turn. It feels like my skate is really flat and just isn't feeling right and can't get the full power out of the turn. Is it because I might need a smaller radius on my skates? I'm using Tuuk Custom+ right now...anyone know what the measurement on those are and any suggestions on a radius, or maybe if I just got kinks in my skating form?

Polska 11-06-2006 08:04 PM

I think you're over analysing things. I've always been really good at doing sharp turns at high speeds and I've always used Bauer skates which usually come stock with Tuuks. Currently I'm using the Tuuk lite or whatever they're calling the newest holder.

Bure and other stars used to live and die by the Tuuk custom and many still prefer them over any other holder.

It's important to have the proper gear, but at the same time I think if you put too much stock in what the limitations of your gear may or may not be it'll give you an excuse not to push yourself or work to improve. You'll just blame it on the gear and get frustrated, it'll become a mental block.

sc37 11-06-2006 08:08 PM

I don't think it's that...the feel just isn't right. I was reading this here:
http://noicingsports.com/skate_radius_profiling.html So I was thinking it was my radius...

MikeD 11-07-2006 08:57 AM

there are many things that go into your grind. You need to learn to check to be sure your getting even inside and outside edges on the ROH as well as a proper centering of your radius profile. Hold a straight edge across the blade like a T. The straight edge should form a perfect 90 to the blade. I would offer more advice but my info is geared to the goalie skate.

What ROH are you having ground into your skates? If you have games scheduled you might consider picking up a used set of skates from a local consignment or play it again sports. Use those to experiment with until you find a grind you like. Have those ground at a 1/2 or 7/16ths ROH as a start. I also suggest asking around the rink and find out who does the best grinds locally. Dont trust your skates to some yeen behind the counter at the local pro shop. 9 times out of 10 they dont pay close enough attention, give you fresh dresses on the grind wheel etc etc etc...

Near Niagara falls NY....Two Old dads on Pine avenue (near hyde park) do OUTSTANDING GRINDS! The guy will dress the wheel several times through his process to get it near perfect! Be sure to TIP the guy who you do end up selecting as your GO TO grinder! 4 buck grind?.tip the guy 2 bucks!

Are you dragging the skate across the rink entry or the wood on hte bench after a fresh grind cause you dont like it? You should not need to do that with a good grind.

sc37 11-07-2006 11:23 AM

Pretty sure it isn't my skate cut...I've settled to between 9/16 and 5/8 and it's perfect for me. I got a PM from JM47...I'm leaning towards the radius issue, pretty sure that's what it is after doing more research.

94now 11-07-2006 03:21 PM

All Bauer TUUKs are 9ft rocker radius. CCM are 11ft. Yes, you can better turn with smaller rocker, yet with flatter skates you'd skate backwards better. That is why forwards usually prefer small rocker profile, while defensemen are comfortable with more stable large rockers. Hollow radius has little to do with rocker radius.
I suggest you practice your skating more. The equipment will come later. It is easier to talk about equipment. The talk wont make you a better skater.

ModSquad 11-07-2006 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 94now (Post 7020103)
All Bauer TUUKs are 9ft rocker radius. CCM are 11ft. Yes, you can better turn with smaller rocker, yet with flatter skates you'd skate backwards better. That is why forwards usually prefer small rocker profile, while defensemen are comfortable with more stable large rockers. Hollow radius has little to do with rocker radius.
I suggest you practice your skating more. The equipment will come later. It is easier to talk about equipment. The talk wont make you a better skater.

Not necessarily - you are seeing a lot of forwards with longer runner radii - if you're an up and down skater, a longer radius will work for you.


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