How do you get the tongue of your skate to flop around?
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03-29-2010, 06:29 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New York
The argument of "Tongue Out" vs "Tongue In" is not only absurdly ridiculous (it has minimal, if ANY, effect on your skating, as evidenced by the countless professional players worldwide who represent both styles) but it isn't what this thread was created about.
If you want the tongue to flop you have to train it to flop (there have been numerous ways suggested in this thread). If you want the really pronounced flop that you see some NHLers having, you'll need a longer, modified/custom tongue. That's pretty much the end of the conversation.
I wear my skates with the tongues under my shins. Clearly, from that picture, I could get the flop by simply training my tongue to stay folded, but it wouldn't be as pronounced as you see on guys like Ovie, because I have a stock X:60 tongue. Unless you're going to stop an eyelet lower when lacing your skates, if you want the *really big* flop you'll need to replace your tongue.
If you're not in the NHL and you realize that having a bigger portion of tongue hanging out won't change the way you play hockey at all than you're a pretty big hoser if you go out and spend money on something that trivial. Modding your tongues to get the big flop is worse than wearing a tinted visor. At least you can buy a tinted visor as is... modding your tongues for house league is like buying a clear visor and than taking it to an auto-body shop to get it tinted (yes, I met a kid at an open hockey who had done that; no, I don't wear a tinted visor).
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