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08-30-2010, 06:06 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Downingtown, PA
Perhaps this will help with the "physics"...
There's an axiom in skating, and that's that wherever your head goes, you go. If you turn your head, you then turn your shoulders, and so on. If you find yourself endlessly trying hockey stops, and instead executing really sharp turns, this is what is happening.
In order to perform a hockey stop, you need to defy "hockey physics". You've got to learn to tell your top half to keep going straight ahead while your bottom half turns 90 degrees. That's the end game. Ideally, you can already do both snowplow and T-stops, as these will teach you about edges and bending your knees properly.
Find yourself an empty patch of ice at the next public skate, wear your shinpads, and have no fear.
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