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WhipNash27 02-20-2008 12:48 PM

Shooting Practice
 
What would be better to use for the money?
Something like this:
http://www.americanhockeycenter.com/.../skill_pad.htm
Which seems to be a 2x4 piece of synthetic ice for $40

or

something like this:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90401+525798
Which to get the same 2x4 piece it would be $20

Karl with a C 02-20-2008 12:53 PM

I can only speak for the skill pad, which I own and use daily (at the park across the street, which has rough concrete). The pad works really good for me, it's not as smooth as ice by any stretch, though it is as close to synthetic (roller hockey) ice as you can get. It's a bit pricey, but it really helps with my shot and stickhandling.

WhipNash27 02-20-2008 12:56 PM

It looks like a great product, but I figured that some sort of Garage tiles could do the trick. Unfortunately it's hard to find them in packs of less than 20 or so. Home Depot is the only place where I have seen them sold in packs of 10.

When I used to work at Sears we used something like them and they were quite smooth, but they were the types that had the holes going through them which at HD is like $30 a pack.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90401+525798

Also I figure it's easier to carry 8 1'x1' tiles around than a large 2'x4' thing.

Plus shipping of the Skill Pad is $21.74 for oversize item :amazed:. So in actuality it goes for $61.73 total.


Also, http://shop.nhl.com/sm-mylec-ultra-p...i-2915695.html
looks like a bunch of garage tiles that they put together to sell for $40 (35 on icewarehouse). So it seems like I'm not the only one with this idea.

Crosbyfan 02-20-2008 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PruBlue25 (Post 12619315)
What would be better to use for the money?
Something like this:
http://www.americanhockeycenter.com/.../skill_pad.htm
Which seems to be a 2x4 piece of synthetic ice for $40

or

something like this:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90401+525798
Which to get the same 2x4 piece it would be $20

I've seen the home depot stuff and it has a texture built in for nonskid.

I can't see how that would be any good for the puck glide.

WhipNash27 02-20-2008 11:15 PM

well it seems the drainage kind like this one:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90401+525798

doesn't have a texture and it's just smooth. As I said we had something like this at Sears when I worked there on the ground in each department in home improvement and it was completely smooth.

EmptyNetter 02-21-2008 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PruBlue25 (Post 12631624)
well it seems the drainage kind like this one:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90401+525798

doesn't have a texture and it's just smooth. As I said we had something like this at Sears when I worked there on the ground in each department in home improvement and it was completely smooth.

That thing would be a nightmare to shoot off of. I can see either the puck or your stick blade catching an edge in one of the drainage "holes". Just spend the extra money and get the skill pad. In addition to shooting off it you can practice your stickhandling, too.

mattihp 02-21-2008 11:23 AM

I bought three rubber door mats at Ikea for $2 each and put them on top of each other and it was actually not that bad :$

WhipNash27 03-12-2008 02:07 PM

I got http://shop.nhl.com/sm-mylec-ultra-p...i-2915695.html
from icewarehouse (was cheaper), I got to use it a couple days ago and it works great. Went to a tennis court and put it on the floor, took well over a hundred shots (mostly snap shots with a few slap shots thrown in here and there) and the tape on the bottom of my stick was pretty much in perfect shape.

What I like about this one is that it's tiles so you can take it apart. It just comes in a small box, so I like the idea that it's portable and it's not like you're lugging this big thing around. Also the fact that i can store it in my house in a little box and put it under my bed or in the closet or something is very nice.

The Lollipop King 03-12-2008 02:15 PM

I have a small sheet of Plexiglases that I use, I have to get a bigger one though since I only have enough room to do a snap shot. It works pretty good though.

Cold 03-13-2008 02:09 AM

I put an old bed mattress in my basement and just taped targets onto it. I'm saving money and the environment ;)


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