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TheOtherOne 09-30-2010 09:02 PM

Stickhandling in the living room
 
Hey guys, I was hoping for some tips about what kind of practice I can do at home. I'm kind of a beginner.

I heard about the Black Ice stuff or whatever, and I also heard that there are alternatives. Can you talk a little about what kinds you've used, how cheap it is, how good/authentic it is, etc? And how big of a sheet/space do I need to get some decent practice in?

Secondly, suggestions for some kind of drills would be good. I have a decent feel for the puck but I'd just like to get a lot more comfortable with it, to the point where I can control it without watching it and keep my upper body movement independent from my skating. I suppose what I can do in my living room is pretty limited, but I'm sure it will be a little useful at least.

pass the bisk 09-30-2010 09:33 PM

just do not use a ball under any circumstance...they make you worse at hockey

ponder 09-30-2010 10:07 PM

You're gonna want a skill pad, you can buy them at lots of places including here:

http://www.hockeyshot.com/Hockey_Sho..._Mats_s/70.htm

I'd go for the biggest size (the $89.95 "Professional Shooting Pad"), you want lots of space when stickhandling. You can get $10 off orders over $100 by using this code:

HOWHCKY001

Which would bring it down to $79.95, though you'd need to buy >$10 worth of other stuff to make the inital order $100+. The "Green Biscuit" is apparently very nice for stickhandling, and is $10.95, so that works:

http://www.hockeyshot.com/Hockey_Pucks_Balls_s/25.htm

As for drills, lay down some pucks as obstacles and try to stick handle around them without hitting the obstacles at all. Basically like this, but without moving obviously:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uAjmpC5Mks

Learning to toe drag is also great, one of the more useful one on one moves you can learn, here's a good tutorial:

http://howtohockey.com/how-to-toe-drag-off-ice-lesson

And from the same site, here's some general stickhandling tips:

http://howtohockey.com/how-to-stickhandle

Finally, if stickhandling in your living room, make sure to put down some clothes/sheet/towels so that if they puck/green biscuit goes flying off the pad it doesn't smack into your walls/moulding!



p.s. I've never actually ordered from that hockeyshot site, I normally buy everything in stores, I just know about it cause it's promoted by the guy who runs howtohockey.com, and that guy posts on these forums.

kr580 10-01-2010 02:02 AM

I'm sure those skill pads from HockeyShot are very nice, but a cheaper alternative would be 'Thrifty White Board' from Lowe's or Home Depot. $12 for a 4' x 8' board, and you can have it cut to smaller sizes if need be. It's pretty slick as-is and the regular 6oz pucks slide fine, but spray some silicone lube on it and it's slick as ice, though that may not be the best idea to get the spray all over your living room floor. Would certainly work if you had a yard or driveway to lay it down on.

$12 Board: http://www.lowes.com/pd_16605-46498-300_0__
$3 Spray: http://www.blastercorporation.com/Silicone_Lube.html
You can find both at either Lowe's or Home Depot, and probably any other large hardware store.

You can see my setup here: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=778403

You could always take a puck to the hardware store and see if it's slick enough for your liking.

Splitbtw 10-01-2010 02:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kr580 (Post 28043949)
I'm sure those skill pads from HockeyShot are very nice, but a cheaper alternative would be 'Thrifty White Board' from Lowe's or Home Depot. $12 for a 4' x 8' board, and you can have it cut to smaller sizes if need be. It's pretty slick as-is and the regular 6oz pucks slide fine, but spray some silicone lube on it and it's slick as ice, though that may not be the best idea to get the spray all over your living room floor. Would certainly work if you had a yard or driveway to lay it down on.

$12 Board: http://www.lowes.com/pd_16605-46498-300_0__
$3 Spray: http://www.blastercorporation.com/Silicone_Lube.html
You can find both at either Lowe's or Home Depot, and probably any other large hardware store.

You can see my setup here: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=778403

You could always take a puck to the hardware store and see if it's slick enough for your liking.

this. best investment i've made for stick handling. can shoot off of it too.

ponder 10-01-2010 02:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Splitbtw (Post 28044009)
Quote:

Originally Posted by kr580 (Post 28043949)
I'm sure those skill pads from HockeyShot are very nice, but a cheaper alternative would be 'Thrifty White Board' from Lowe's or Home Depot. $12 for a 4' x 8' board, and you can have it cut to smaller sizes if need be. It's pretty slick as-is and the regular 6oz pucks slide fine, but spray some silicone lube on it and it's slick as ice, though that may not be the best idea to get the spray all over your living room floor. Would certainly work if you had a yard or driveway to lay it down on.

$12 Board: http://www.lowes.com/pd_16605-46498-300_0__
$3 Spray: http://www.blastercorporation.com/Silicone_Lube.html
You can find both at either Lowe's or Home Depot, and probably any other large hardware store.

You can see my setup here: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=778403

You could always take a puck to the hardware store and see if it's slick enough for your liking.

this. best investment i've made for stick handling. can shoot off of it too.

Sounds like a good tip, will have to give this a try when my skill pad sh*ts the bed!

Splitbtw 10-01-2010 03:00 AM

If you have a backyard or garage, put it there. I am just missing a goal/ real target as I have lost 20+ pucks over the fence or in a bush (using a Drury curve for a first time, learning the Sakic). The pad itself is awesome. I spray it only when I stickhandle and couldnt tell the difference. I take mock shot to work on flex and the board marks but doesnt break.

It just rained here in SD and I left it out. IF it is done, I go to Lowe's and buy another one for 12 bucks. I still have 88% of a can of spray.

TheOtherOne 10-01-2010 09:59 AM

Thanks guys. That shooting pad sounds very nice. A little expensive for me at least for now, but I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future. Those videos seem really helpful too- I think I already learned a think or two from skimming them (the things about don't put your top hand at your side, and I never thought I should be doing most of my control with my top hand- I might have to rethink whether or not I might be a lefty!)

A $12 dollar white board is more in my current budget so maybe I'll try that out. Do you have to re-spray it every time you use it? I don't know what that spray is like- does it dry or make it oily or what? Is the board decent without the spray? Do you just use regular ice hockey pucks?

kr580 10-01-2010 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheOtherOne (Post 28046148)
A $12 dollar white board is more in my current budget so maybe I'll try that out. Do you have to re-spray it every time you use it? I don't know what that spray is like- does it dry or make it oily or what? Is the board decent without the spray? Do you just use regular ice hockey pucks?

You don't have to spray it every time, maybe once every week or two. The spray dries to a very thin greasy film. It does get on the pucks a little bit so I wouldn't be doing it in the living room and have the pucks leave the grease all over your carpet/flooring. It is pretty slick already without the spray, but like I said you can take a regular puck with you to the hardware store and see if the sliding is good enough for you. I found it adequate as-is, the spray just makes it even more ice-like (see: super slick). And yes, all I use is regular (6oz) black pucks and some weighted (10oz) orange pucks with no problem. It's durable enough to do anything, even any slapshots you can muster.


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