Paul begins this 4 minute, 2 second video lesson on back inside rocker turns by discussing where on our blades our weight and balance should be. Going into the rocker we will be balanced on the ball of the blade’s front inside edge. As Paul executes the turn, his weight shifts to the back of the inside edge of the blade.
Paul emphasizes the importance of the angle of contact with the ice. Begin with a nice deep inside edge and be sure to maintain that throughout the turn. This edge should not change; the only thing that changes is that your balance shifts from the ball of the foot to the back of the blade. A common mistake is for skaters to relax and allow the critical inside edge to become flat or even flip to an outside edge.
Paul tells us the most common error skaters make when they perform rockers is to turn too early, something that is common when skaters are unsure and want to complete the movement too quickly. Paul reminds us that where rockers are concerned, patience is the skater’s best ally. He directs skaters to take all the time they need to ensure they have completed the correct entry edge and can then comfortably turn and maintain the same edge on the exit.
Paul then talks about upper body position. Shoulders must face away from the circle, then, just before the foot initiates the turn, the shoulders should release into a checked position, facing into what is now a new circle.
rcle, then, just before the foot initiates the turn, the shoulders should release into a checked position, facing into what is now a new circle.