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04-11-2012, 12:54 PM
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The one thing I've learned as a relatively new player is that it is better to over-sharpen than under-sharpen.

I know its a matter of personal preference. Some people like going a whole season without sharpening - some sharpen after every game. I personally believe, however, that a beginner needs a good grippy edge while they are building confidence in turns etc.

There is nothing more discouraging than trying to get the hang of a tight hockey turn and losing your edge every single time. Even with full pads, falling all the time sucks.

On the other hand, a good skate edge means you get the technique, balance and weight transfer down first. You have no choice but to quickly understand how the dynamics of your edges work when they're cutting and not sliding.

Once your muscles "get" the movement, its much easier even on duller skates.

This is just my own experience, of course, and others may disagree, but personally I wouldn't go more than 10-15 skates without a sharpening until you develop more of a "feel" for when its time.

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