Synthetic ice tiles are a phenomenal way to boost your hockey playing skills without an ice rink. You can practice in the comfort of your own home, all year round. This extra practice will give you an edge over your competitors. Synthetic ice is a great way to stay in shape and keep active. If you are new to them and want to know more about how to use them you have come to the right place. We have put together a few bits of information that will give you a better understanding on how synthetic ice works.
Putting Synthetic Ice Panels Together
Sniper’s Edge Hockey synthetic ice is made out of a proprietary high-density polyethylene material that is not only self-lubricating but built to last. Putting them together is as easy as pie. The panels have interlocking tabs that easily join together and form a tight bond. Depending on what surface you would like to build the flooring on you may or may not need plywood underneath. The panels work perfectly on a flat surface like a garage floor or a driveway. However, they can be placed virtually anywhere that there is enough room.
Ice Skates or Roller Blades?
Synthetic ice is made to be durable and tough. You can absolutely skate on it with ice skates. In fact, you can even practice in your shoes. This type of flooring is heavy duty and can take the abuse of years of practice. Although you can use whatever means you would like, they are designed for ice skates and will definitely be able to sharpen your game and strengthen your skills.
Skating on Synthetic Ice
Although skating on synthetic ice is very similar to skating on real ice, there are differences. For one, it takes a bit more strength to keep the momentum going. This is actually a good thing because it strengthens those muscles that you use to skate on ice. At first, it may seem a bit off, but after some practice, you get used to it and learn how to adapt. When you get back on real ice, things will be a lot easier. Think of shooting wrist shots with a stick weight and then taking it off for practice, your stick is instantly lighter and shot that much harder.
Practicing on Synthetic Ice
Practicing on synthetic ice is a lot like practicing on real ice. There are tons of drills that you can use to work on your shooting skills, your stickhandling skills, and even your passing skills. With the help of some training aids like the Passmaster and the Sniper’s Edge Shooting Tarp, you don’t even need a team to practice with. A lot of people are stuck at home due to the pandemic so they are forced to either practice alone or not practice at all. Practicing on a high-quality synthetic ice floor is perfect for times like these. You can skate, shoot, pass, and even run your own drills. When it is time to finally get back to a real game, you will have all of the skills you need to dominate the rink.