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12-05-2007, 11:19 PM
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stickhandling practice in the house, garage, basement...

i was wondering if anyone has any suggestion on stickhandling practice and what i may construct that would as closely as possible replicate a puck on ice. i have seen those flat white boards with bungee cords that you can stickhandle on and bounce the puck off to practice with, but i have read about them not being very similar to an actual puck on ice.

i play in an adult league and a teammate of mine said to take a large piece of cardboard, spray paint it silver, and then cover it with wd-40 and it was JUST like a puck on ice. i haven't tried this as i was hoping to make something out of wood that was more permanent. ideally, i'm hoping to construct something that's approx. 3 feet X 5 feet and i can lift and store up against a wall in my basement.

anyone have any ideas at all that you (or your dad's) have built? any help would be greatly appreciated.

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12-06-2007, 01:17 AM
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I cut open the coardboard box my skates came in and use that on my dorm floor. It works well. WD 40 may work better though as far as simulating ice goes

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i practise on tiles which is great although there's not much room where my tiles are. But then its the flattest area I have.
It leaves tape marks on them though much to the dislike of my parents.

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I purchased a smooth white paneling board from the local building supply/home improvement company. It is basically the product used on shower or laundry room walls. It's very light weight and cheap!!! I had the salesperson cut it in half. One word of caution...don't oil down the entire board. The center strip and distant edge are sufficient.
I have also used a heavier board when practicing on the driveway. Can't remember the name of the product but found it at the home improvement center near the lumber section. It feels more like a stiff synthetic rubber; it's black and about 3/8" thick: comes in sheets of 4'x6' or 3'x4'. It holds up really well but is heavier to move around.

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I purchased a smooth white paneling board from the local building supply/home improvement company. It is basically the product used on shower or laundry room walls. It's very light weight and cheap!!! I had the salesperson cut it in half. One word of caution...don't oil down the entire board. The center strip and distant edge are sufficient.
I have also used a heavier board when practicing on the driveway. Can't remember the name of the product but found it at the home improvement center near the lumber section. It feels more like a stiff synthetic rubber; it's black and about 3/8" thick: comes in sheets of 4'x6' or 3'x4'. It holds up really well but is heavier to move around.
this is along the same lines i was thinking. thanks for the info. i will scout out the building materials section at my nearest Lowes and see what i can come up with. what type of oil did you use? neatsfoot? baby? motor?

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For stickhandling, you can always try the SmartHockey ball, which is meant to have the same bounce and movement of a hockey puck on ice.

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I use a Millenium ProPuck (the one that slides real well on asphalt but not on smooth concrete) and a smart hockey ball in a tiled room in my basement. For some reason, the puck works just awesome on there - as close to ice as I can get. I think the un-even texture of the tiles (sort of like smoother asphalt) helps, whereas smooth concrete/smooth tiles are too 'sticky' for the bigger feet of the ProPuck.

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Smart Hockey ball and a golf ball. The Smart Hockey ball has the weight of a puck and the golf ball is really bouncy and makes your hands even softer.

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Smart Hockey ball and a golf ball. The Smart Hockey ball has the weight of a puck and the golf ball is really bouncy and makes your hands even softer.
So if you could make a golf ball heavier, it'd be the best?
On that note, what surface would a golf ball work well with? Concrete? Tile?

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i used to use a giant bouncy balls i bought from the dollar store, you know like those ones in vending machines in malls, the are awesome for getting softer hands

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Stuff they make rinkboards from is great, you can ask around at rinks and they might have some excess lying around you could take or buy.

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So if you could make a golf ball heavier, it'd be the best?
On that note, what surface would a golf ball work well with? Concrete? Tile?
Actually, the lightness of the golf ball is good. The stickhandling ball is the heavy as a puck one, and that helps you with strength and coordination. The golf ball helps out with your reaction, speed, even more coordination, and soft hands - i.e. the feel.

And golf balls work well on tiles, though I imagine that they won't work bad on concrete as well. I haven't tried the golfball in my garage yet, but it works on the tiles I have.

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Fiberglass sheets work well too. Shoudl be able to get some from buildiing supply stores.

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