Getting more confidence when skating and trusting edges
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08-05-2012, 12:12 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
This link has terrific edgework drills:
The only thing I don't like about it is the order they're presented in, they have the 1-footed skating drill early on, when it's the toughest skill to master. My suggestion would be:
1) Start with the 1-footed figure 8s, on both your inside and outside edges, do these until you're very comfortable on all edges
2) Progress to scissor skating, again until you're very comfortable, doing it both slowly and quickly, and getting lot's of pressure/power out of all 4 edges
3) Progress to crossovers (slow crossovers, really focusing on form). Lateral step drills can help here too (walking along the blueline by crossing your legs over each other, facing the end boards)
4) Progress to 2-footed turns (with basically equal pressure on your inside and outside edges). Start coming into the turn slowly, then practice coming in with more and more speed
5) Try the 1-footed skating drill to really perfect your technique
Ideally you will do this whole progression going both forward and backward, but obviously it's much tougher going backward. One last tip is to keep a nice deep knee/ankle bend, too many newer skaters skate really upright, which hurts your balance and ability to generate power.
By just practising crossovers, you'll eventually get decent at them, but I think to become TRULY comfortable on all 4 edges, so you can really generate a tonne of power on those outside edges, you need other drills to (like the ones listed above).
As for becoming more confident stopping quickly, practice makes perfect. I don't really know any stopping drills, you just have to practice stopping more and more quickly with more and more speed, in a variety of situations.
Re: pads getting in the way, a lot of that is probably mental, but nothing wrong with buying slimmer pads if you can afford new ones. For low profile shins, you can look at something like Bauer Vapour shins. For low profile pants, just try them on in store, see what fits well with minimal bulk. You could even try an ice hockey girdle, some are a bit bulky themselves, but some are VERY streamlines, while still providing decent protection (the Warrior Projekt girdle is the nicest fitting, lowest bulk girdle I've ever tried on, at least for me, but not many stores carry it).
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