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01-11-2012, 03:23 PM
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I have always been taught the opposite: ie, start with your feet close together which lengthens the stride. The longer the stride, the more time your skate has on the ice to generate power. What you are after is effortless power, not powerless effort.

I have coached rep hockey and have had a number of instructors in for the kids and they have all consistently taught that your feet have to start close together. I am currently taking a series of power skating lessons to improve my beer league play and, again, the message is to start with the feet closer together. It makes sense to me, and I have noticed an improvement.

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