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Skating Drill For Defensemen: Open Hip Extension

Defensive Skating Drill - Open Hip Extension

Open Hip Extension

The open hip movement shown above is one of the most important skating movements for defenseman to master. A defensemans ability to open up their hips, load and recover allows them to stay in front of opponents on a rush or angle and rub out a player skating along the wall. Instead of crossing your feet this open hip movement allows you to be more efficient, balanced and increase glide.

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