Being able to pull sick dekes takes a lot of work and practice. If you think it is harder to pull dekes on synthetic ice, think again. Once you have mastered the moves of the deke, there is no stopping you. If you don’t know what a deke is, keep reading you are about to find out.
The Hockey Deke
The concept of a deke is to trick your opponent into going in the opposite direction that you are going. For example, say you have the puck and are rapidly approaching the goalie. You want to slap the puck in for a score, but you need the goalie to move out of the way. In a quick instant, you feign to shoot for the right side of the goal in a way that is convincing enough that the goaltender moves toward that side of the goal to defend it, while you quickly switch your stance and slap the puck in the left corner of the goal to make a point. When you have fooled the goalie into thinking they are going to stop your shot, you have successfully implemented a deke.
Practicing the Deke
If you have a synthetic ice practice area in your home, you are in luck. It just so happens that when you combine a hockey passer with a hockey shooting tarp on synthetic ice flooring you get the perfect ingredients to practice the epic dekes that you need to have in order to dominate the game. Some of the most important things that you need to practice great dekes are:
- Hockey flooring (synthetic ice)
- Hockey passer
- Hockey shooting tarp
- Lots of hockey pucks
- Hockey stick
With these, you can successfully practice sick dekes whenever you want.
The Hockey Passer
The hockey passer is a key element in the process of training for deke moves. The reason why it is so important is that you can pass pucks to it as fast or slow as you want them to return to you. When you master the force of your passes and shots you have more control of how the puck acts after it leaves your blade and slides across the floor. When you set up your rebounder where you slap a puck at it with speed and allow it to return to you with some heat you can practice shots from the rebound to the hockey tarp. You can pinpoint where you want to put the puck on every shot. When you repeatedly make shots off of the cuff with the rebounder you are training yourself for quick shots with quick actions right on the spot. This way, when it is time to make the deke in real life, you have the skills to make it happen right there ingrained in your muscles.
Ice Skating On Synthetic Ice
People that have never skated on synthetic ice panels before don’t understand how similar to real ice that it is, once you get used to it. Anything that you can do on real ice, you can do on fake ice. Maybe even better, with practice. Although there is a slight drag because of a little more resistance when skating on synthetic ice, there is not much difference. The one thing that makes synthetic ice skating better is that the little bit of resistance that is present helps to build muscle, strength, and stamina. You can practice on a synthetic ice rink for a while, then when you go back to skating on real ice will be that much easier for you because your skating muscles will be stronger and in better shape than before. Keep practicing and don’t allow any excuses to slow you down. You will be pulling the sickest dekes on the best goalies in no time.
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