How to become a great skater (besides practicing)
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02-19-2013, 07:56 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Nobody mentioned it but visualizing yourself doing it properly goes a long way. Spend some time seeing yourself playing the game effortlessly and skating flawlessly.
I couldn't skate backwards and do backwards crossovers to save my life. This was in the days before youtube, so I didn't have the luxury of seeing instructional clips. But what I did have was some taped games of Scott Neidermeyer from his NJ Devil years. He's probably as smooth a skater as you'll ever see.
Anywho, I visualized myself doing what he was doing and then a few times out at the local tennis court on my inlines it just clicked. Then it was just a matter of building the speed and honing the technique. I think what helped it click is that I didn't think about it. I just did what I had visualized over and over.
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