|Vaughn Velocity 7000- front|
I immediately rushed out to a "drop-in hockey" session at my local rink- determined to begin my transition from "stand-up" to "butterfly"
It didn't go according to planI have been watching a lot of YouTube instructional videos leading up to this point but after getting on the ice and trying to execute some butterfly saves, I learned three things:
1. In my mind, my stance is widened out enough for a small bus to drive through. In reality, my stance is only slightly more open than my normal stand-up ready position. This is making it almost impossible to drop the pads into a position that is facing the shooter.
2. My mind simply isn't responding with an order for my body to drop down when a shot is headed towards me. I'm not talking about ear-whistlers, I mean blue-line shots at ice level. Instead of the butterfly, I continue to use the stick/pad kick drilled into me those many years ago. This brain malfunction really frustrates me.
|Vaughn Velocity 7000- back|
Learning this new technique is going to take time and practice. Clearly the two biggest hurdles I'm facing are becoming confortable in what I now call "poopy-pants" stance and learning not to kick my skates behind me- instead "popping" my knees down and to the inside.
The week did end on a high note with my I-League team getting our first victory of the season in a decisive 6-2 score. I executed dozens of failed butterflys and it is a small miracle I didn't take a shot to my knees. In all honesty, I was sweating the 4 goal lead right through the last minute of the 3rd period.
Back to the rink this weekend to work on my "poopy-pants" stance!