(Hockeyshot) – The second article in our how to skate series covers a very important aspect of skating. We covered this in our first video, however I wanted to expand on it to really drive the point home. In the first video we talked about the importance of knee bend, and in this video we talk about the importance of staying low throughout your stride.
If you want more power, better balance, and a smoother stride it is important to stay low and maintain a good knee bend. Many players start low, but then end up coasting. Remember to always be ready, you have to be low, it helps with speed, balance, agility, and power.
More Skating Tips for a better stride
How far should you bend your knees? With equipment on, and knees properly bent, you should not be able to see the toes of your skates. Remember to keep your weight over your skates, like in the video.
Good knee bend is important for a powerful stride, but be sure to maintain the knee bend in all maneuvers (crossovers, turning, accelerating, stopping).
Chances are your legs are too straight when you skate. If you get a chance record yourself skating for a shift and watch it later.
Remember to get a full extension with each stride, and recover quickly.
Check out Jeremy’s article about getting a better hockey stance with the knee bend.