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06-19-2013, 10:32 AM
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My shooting / Skill pad experiences with different products / materials

I have tried several different types of shooting pads (purchased one, built three). I am in a townhouse community so I need something that I can use in an open space, and carry back to my patio 20 yards away. There is no concrete surface that I can use, but there is a large open grass area (using on grass vs concrete is a big difference). I need a shooting pad for both stick handling, and shooting. Here are the different approaches I have taken - jump to the bottom if you want the quick summary (in chronological order).

1) Roll up plastic $120 (1/10" x 4' x 8.5') http://www.hockeyshot.com/HockeyShot...ng-pad-011.htm

The biggest waste of $120 I have ever spent. The thing does not lay flat (even after weighting it down over night). A real puck barely slides on it. I called the place I bought it from and they flat out told me that it is really meant for a green biscuit - which they sent me free of charge. It slides great on it - but a green biscuit slides great on just about anything. Being that it is a roll up, it is very thin - makes it useless if your only open area is grass.

2) Marker Board $10 (3/16" x 2' x 4') - http://www.homedepot.com/p/3-16-in-x...8#.UcCKnZyZZ8E

This was my first homemade attempt. I was pretty happy with it. Pucks slide really nice on it. Spray a little pledge on it and dry off and it has a real nice "ice-like" feel. It is quite thin, so on grass I needed to glue it to some plywood. After that it was great on grass. After a few weeks it started to warp (I keep it outside, somewhat covered). The surface is fairly durable, but after probably 500 shots or so the glossy layer is starting to scrape off.

3) Harboard Panel $10 (1/8" x 4' x 8') - http://www.lowes.com/pd_16605-46498-...5239&Ntt=panel

The huge size vs low price of this made it appealing. Unfortunately it was a letdown. The pucks really do not slide as well as the marker board from 2). I have heard other talk about spraying something to make it slippery, but I am not really a big fan of the mess that makes. The other thing is that it is not much stronger than cardboard. It it gets wet at all it is done. I guess it would be great to use indoors with a green biscuit to work on stick handling (because it is so huge), but if it is to be used outdoors I can't see how it can last.

4) Melamine Board $10 (1" x 2' x 4') - http://www.homedepot.com/p/1-x-2-x-4...3#.UcHQbPk3vzh

This is finally what I was looking for. The puck slides on this board so well. If you rub some pledge onto it, it is as close to ice as I think you will find. It is 1 inch thick so it does not warp, and it is heavy enough to sit on top of grass. I bought two of these boards and lined them in an 8 foot row. I put a bungie cord at the end of one of them and it is perfect for one timers. I have taken close to 1000 shots with these boards, and no damage at all (other than the edges). I will make a youtube video of this setup soon.


In Summary:

9/10 - Melamine Board: Cheap, durable, excellent slide (especially rubbing pledge into it before starting), thick enough to work on grass.

7/10 - Marker Board: Cheap, good slide. Not very durable, and if using on grass you need plywood under it.

5/10 - Hardboard Panel: Best feature is that it is huge and cheap. Pucks do not slide all that well. It is very thin, and not durable. If it gets wet it is toast.

1/10 - Roll up plastic shooting pad: Very expensive, pucks do not slide well at all, hard to lay flat, too thin to use on grass. Waste of money (in my opinion)


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Cool, thanks man. I'm in the middle of building a little basement setup this week and will go with the melamine board. How did u hook the bungee coard up for one timers?

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Cool, thanks man. I'm in the middle of building a little basement setup this week and will go with the melamine board. How did u hook the bungee coard up for one timers?
I used to 3/8" eyebolts with a bungie cord across. I cut the plastic hooks of the bungie cord and cut the length I needed. I made two loops on each end of the cord by clamping them off with tie straps. Lots of ways to do it. I want to try a thicker band - maybe a bike inner tube. It might be better if the pass is not right on the ground.

Here is video of my son using it. I should have got a 2' x 8' board rather than lining up 2 2' x 4' boards. The gap between the two is hard to get even so the puck slides across both boards.



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I purchased one of these off of eBay to use as a roll-up shooting mat. Have given it a quick use, and I can recommend it highly.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/140546654617...84.m1436.l2649

Certainly great for the money, much cheaper than the roll-up pads sold on hockey sites, and pretty much identical.

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I purchased one of these off of eBay to use as a roll-up shooting mat. Have given it a quick use, and I can recommend it highly.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/140546654617...84.m1436.l2649

Certainly great for the money, much cheaper than the roll-up pads sold on hockey sites, and pretty much identical.
There are same stuff hockey side boards are mode from i think

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Excellent post! This makes me want to look into a garage setup for my place.

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Interesting.

I have one of the hard plastic pads that was about $40 or so. It works pretty well. Not as slick as melamine new but probably more durable.

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Seriously going to build this now! I need the shooting pad in my basement so I can shoot ice hockey pucks. I was shooting inline pucks off the concrete floor. Now I'm playing ice hockey and can't slide the pucks on the concrete hardly at all and afraid to even try shooting my nicer sticks off the floor cause I know I'll tear them up.

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Does that melamine board come in a 4' x 8' sheet?

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How you guys think this will work?http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded...1877/100070209

The exact stuff he linked to the biggest is 16" x 8'.
I was also thinking of getting maybe getting a few of those and butting them up together and screwing them to a sheet of plywood so I could get a bigger sheet that way.


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Does that melamine board come in a 4' x 8' sheet?

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How you guys think this will work?http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded...1877/100070209

The exact stuff he linked to the biggest is 16" x 8'.
I was also thinking of getting maybe getting a few of those and butting them up together and screwing them to a sheet of plywood so I could get a bigger sheet that way.
I wrote that a while ago. You should see the way my son shoots now!

The boards come in all different sizes.

I have combined two boards together. At first I just tried lining them up, but I was on grass, so there was always an annoying join that the puck got stuck on. If you do combine two together I think the method you suggested would be good.

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I'm going to try the board I linked to I think so I won't have to mess with screwing it to a sheet of plywood. If that don't work though I'll just use the other one. Also if I use 3 eye bolts then I could attach the bungee cord to itself and not have to worry about cutting it and tieing it. Just got to wait until the weekend so I can fit the sheet of melamine in my friends truck.

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I'm going to try the board I linked to I think so I won't have to mess with screwing it to a sheet of plywood. If that don't work though I'll just use the other one. Also if I use 3 eye bolts then I could attach the bungee cord to itself and not have to worry about cutting it and tieing it. Just got to wait until the weekend so I can fit the sheet of melamine in my friends truck.
Make sure you take a puck with you. You can get a good feel for how it will slide at the store.

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Do you guys think that real thin shiny waterproof white plastic stuff some people put up around there bathtubs or showers? Can't think of what it is called right now but I'll know it when I see it. Maybe if I just screw that down to a sheet of plywood then I could still attach the bolts or screws or whatever I use for one timers to it.

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Do you guys think that real thin shiny waterproof white plastic stuff some people put up around there bathtubs or showers? Can't think of what it is called right now but I'll know it when I see it. Maybe if I just screw that down to a sheet of plywood then I could still attach the bolts or screws or whatever I use for one timers to it.
It is called an FRP panel

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It is called an FRP panel
Thanks! Just thought of maybe using that. My friend said he'll take me to home depot tomorrow after work so I'll just take the puck with me and get whatever I think it slides better on. Probably just look at http://m.homedepot.com/p/1-16-in-x-4...003/202090190/ the FRP panel and that melamine board. If I get the FRP panel it will work better if I screw it to a sheet of plywood so I could still bolt the thick bungie cord or whatever to it.

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Just got back from Home Depot with that 4' x 8' sheet of melamine I linked to earlier. That is one heavy board. It works perfectly. I'll post pics maybe later after I attach the bungie cord and eye bolts I got to it for one timers. Probably tomorrow or in a couple days because my game is tonight here in a couple hours. Thanks for the idea and saving me all that $ from buying one of the shooting surfaces at the hockey store.

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You think melamine is heavy? Try mdf. 3/4 mdf is about twice as heavy as melamine. I actually just quit my job at home depot because of school. I hated having to cut mdf

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