Does being taller make skating harder?
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03-31-2010, 02:57 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
It's a tradeoff.
A taller guy has long legs, and will take longer to execute full leg extension and return in his skating stride. He will use fewer strides over a set period of time, but in turn is expected to generate more power with each stride.
I always like using Boyd Devereaux as an example in his situation... he can skate like the wind, but when you look at his legs move they always seem slow. He has a long, slow stride, and he can generate a lot of power with his legs when accelerating (2-3 strides to top speed)
Agility and turning are the big ones. A taller guy will naturally make wider turns, and might not be able to change directions as quickly as a smaller player.
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