This week's column:
What Does It Mean To Close Your Hips?
Sept. 21, 2011
Hi, Bill: You say that pointing the toe inward toward the heel of the supporting leg helps to "close the hip" during the recovery loop. What does "close the hip" mean and how is it helpful? Thanks. - Ken Roberts.
Hi, Ken: When you stand with your toes pointed out like a duck, your hip opens. When you stand with your toes pointed in, your hip closes.
During the recovery phase of skating (after your push), you should bring your hips to the closed position with your toes pointed in.
This keeps your legs close together as you drive your foot forward and through. It also makes it much easier to get on your outside edges and keeps your foot in the "power box zone."