Also referred to as ‘rockering’, contouring is the actual shaping of the skate blade. This allows different lengths of the blade to make contact with the ice. The more contact with the ice, the greater amount of glide. The lesser amount of contact creates the ability to turn sharper (smaller radius). The goal is to create a balance between glide and turning radius, custom designed for the individual skater.
Examples of common radius measurements, from the most amount of glide (or contact) to the least (or sharpest turning radius), are 13’, 11’, 9’, 7’.
WHAT IS PRECISION BALANCE CONTOURING?
Precision Balance contouring is a process of transferring the mechanical points of the foot directly to the skate blade. Contouring is the process of controlling the “APEX” of the blade radius through a machining process. This enables the skate technician to control the amount of knee bend as well as the position the body in the proper location over the skate blades, thus, affecting the body’s balance and power generation.
Our personalized analysis system enables the technician to establish the correct “radius” and “lie” required prior to performing any machine work.
- Age, height and weight
- Arm length in relation to the shoulder to floor distance
- Leg shape – knock kneed, straight or bowed out.
- Foot position while walking – toed in, toed out or straight
- Position played
- Brand of skate used
BENEFITS OF PRECISION BALANCE® CONTOURED SKATES:
- Injury reduction
- Controlled leg extension
- Increased stability
- Increased lateral movement
- Increased power
- Reduced fatigue
- Improved balance
- Increased agility
- Increased speed
WHY CONSIDER CONTOURING SKATES AT ALL?
Skates are very generic in design and have many inherent variables, which can affect efficiency and performance. It is not feasible to expect that a manufacturer could build a skate that is exactly right for every individual’s requirements.
The Precision Balance® system of transferring the mechanical point of the foot directly to the skate blade eliminates the most common variable present on skates today. This area is the inconsistent installation location of the holder and blade assemblies on the sole plate of the skate.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SIGNS THAT CONTOURING IS REQUIRED?
- Short, choppy strides (player's feet are going a mile-a-minute, yet there is not much speed)
- Poor balance (excessive falling during pivots, cornering or without any outside assistance)
- When hit, usually falls backwards
- Loses battles along the boards and in the corners
- Uncontrolled, excessive height on snap shots and slap shots
- Weak backhand shots
- Cannot find a stick with proper feeling ‘lie’
- Lower back pain (usually on one side only), aching knees and / or sore groin
- Fatigues quickly
- The tendon guards on the skates are broken down (they should remain stiff for the life of the skate)
- Excessive wear in the heel area of the boot (blisters or sore heels)
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF PRECISION BALANCE® SKATE SHARPENING AND CONTOURING:
- Improved edge control
- Improved acceleration
- Improved speed and agility
- Improved confidence allows player to attack smaller spaces
- Regain and recover balance quicker