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TIght Turn Tips for Hockey Players

August 29, 2019

(power music) – Hey guys, this is
Matt from WinnPro Hockey with the hockey moment. In today’s video we’re gonna
take a look at tight turns or changing of direction. Now, let’s get into the video here. The most common problem that
players tell me they have when we talk about tight
turns or changing of direction is the inability to maintain
speed, because we feel like we’re going to fall. Now, the reason why players
feel like they’re going to fall as they enter a tight turn
or change of direction is because we are leaning
in with both the lower body, and the upper body. So the further we dip that
inside shoulder down and lean into the turn, the more of
our body weight sits over top of our outside edge of our inside skate. Now, if we battle a little
adversary within that turn, so say we catch a rut in the
ice, or take a little contact from the side, it’s going
to be even more difficult to stay on your feet, so the
key to staying on our feet is good solid balance through the turn. The way that we’re going
to increase our balance, is by shifting our body weight. Now, we’re going to keep the
lower body the same and lean in as hard as we can,
but with the upper body, we’re going to change our spine angle, so instead of that angle
leaning in, what we’re going to do is, we’re gonna try to
shift it away from the turn as far as possible, so again,
if I draw those lines in, we lean in with the lower,
we split the body in half, and we lean outward with that upper body, and what that does, is now
we shift our body weight away from that outside edge of the
inside skate, and we place body weight over top of both skates. So, we increase our base of
support through the turn, and that should allow us to
maintain more speed as we drive through the turn. So, again, we’re gonna
keep it very simple here, if you wanna maintain
speed through tight turns, or changing of direction,
get that upper body leaning away from the turn, and
one way you can look at it, is I want you to get
your inside shoulder up as high as you can, or those
shoulders should be nice and level as you drive around
the turn, and that’ll be a good indication that you’re
changing that spine angle, getting that lean away
from the turn to shift body weight over top of both skates. Give that some practice. I hope that helps you stay on your feet, and again increase your
speed through your turns. Thanks for turning in guys,
we’ll see you next time. (power music)


  • Reply Sean Ballard June 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm


  • Reply Mark June 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Very informative, nice

  • Reply Ronnie Smith June 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hmmm.  Very helpful!

  • Reply FGFsMo June 22, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Hmm interesting. I always thought you were supposed to lean into the turn with your whole body. I'll have to try this out.

  • Reply Jason The First Class Driver June 22, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I'd like to see a video on how a couple friends can put together a strategy to work together on the ice whether as a defensive pairing or as forwards and plays they can work on as a tandem to attack the net.  Thanks!

  • Reply Landon Taylor June 23, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I play in Dallas Texas and when I tight turn my blade digs into the ice so much

  • Reply Olivia June 23, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Are there any drills we could use to train the upper body to get used to the counter-lean?

  • Reply johnrancourt June 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Is the counter lean applicable for stopping as well?

  • Reply Eric Levine July 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Would like to see the correct form demonstrated…having trouble accepting this as something my body can even do. Leading into the turn you're starting the weight shift with your upper body (in the video, the skater uses his stick and arm(s) to lean into the turn initially), then once we're in the turn, ease up?

    Will def try it, but seems like that would throw off your balance even more, as your skates are rapidly and sharply changing direction and you're not counterbalancing it.

  • Reply Eamonwastaken October 6, 2015 at 6:44 am

    This is huge! Thank you so much!

  • Reply dzyndzylyndzyn November 22, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    blabla… leaning in is more effective, you have more centrifugal force -more pressure-more grip. but it's also more difficult..

  • Reply cbinsyd March 7, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Has anyone tried this yet? i'm scared….

  • Reply WalksWithTurkeys April 9, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Good stuff, thank you.

  • Reply SeaPeach May 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I love hockey

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