How to Practice on Synthetic Ice Hockey Tiles

How to Practice on Synthetic Ice Hockey Tiles

A lot of hockey players are turning to synthetic ice hockey tiles these days so that they can create their own ice skating platforms at home, or in other places that they have access to. The thing about synthetic ice, as opposed to dryland hockey flooring tiles, is that they were made so that people can ice skate on them with ice skates. Synthetic ice hockey tiles are specifically manufactured in order to accommodate the hard iron blades from ice skates. This is why so many ice hockey players prefer synthetic ice over dryland tiles. Although both floors are great ways to practice hockey, they cater to different needs and styles of practice. If you have a brand new synthetic ice hockey rink installed and want to know the best ways to practice on it, you have come to the right place. We have some advice for those of you that are seeking it.

Ice Skating Only

Synthetic ice makes a perfect flooring for hockey players. It is slick and sturdy, and able to withstand the abuse of hockey aggression. As long as you stick to the ice skates on it everything will be fine. However, do not try to rollerblade on this type of flooring because it could end up in a catastrophe. If you insist on rollerblade training you should probably look into a type of dryland hockey flooring solution because you can rollerblade all that on that stuff and you won’t mess it up. Synthetic ice, however, is built for ice skates and ice skates only.

Be Prepared for Drag

Although science and technology have evolved very far from the first days of synthetic ice until now, the surface is not exactly like ice. It is much like it, but not the same. When you first start skating on this kind of surface be prepared to work a little harder in order to move around. Ice is slick, and when you skate across it, you cause heat. This heat melts the ice and replaces it with just enough water to be lubricated in a way that is very hard to replicate with plastic. At first,  you will notice a difference in the amount of energy that you use in order to propel forward across the surface. It won’t be so much that you can’t move, but it will be enough for you to notice. Keep up the practice though because this extra bit of energy that you have to expel will build your strength so that the next time you skate on real ice it will feel like air.

Shooting Practice

Shooting points is all part of the game, so the more you practice your shots, the better you will be. When you practice on synthetic ice it is a lot like practicing on ice. The puck will smoothly glide across the surface a lot like it will when you shoot it across real ice. For the best training results, it is always good to have a shooting tarp set up so that you protect your walls and appliances from flying pucks. It also gives a good target to hit because there is a goaltender smack dab in the middle of the tarp with target holes so that you can sharpen your aiming skills. The great thing about practicing on tiles is that you can do it in your own home and have a pile of pucks next to you ready to slap at the goal and not have to chase them all over like you would if you had to practice somewhere else.

Practice Really Matters

Even if you don’t have an elaborate plan to keep you in shape all figured out, what counts most is that you show up for yourself and practice as much as you can. After a while, the things that you practice become like second nature to you and your game becomes top-notch. Always continue to practice no matter what kind of flooring you have.