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Old July 8th, 2011, 06:00 AM   #21
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I despise plow stops with a burning passion. I'd rather stop any other way, including falling on my right knee pad, than plowing - where I don't feel like I'm in control at all.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 06:21 AM   #22
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Just skate, then do your potty squat and push the heels out. I found holding my arms out to the side (like an airplane) helped with my balance, because I always wanted to lean forward (I still do this sometimes- I tend to use my left leg more for my plows, so I practice them often to try to use my right leg more to be more even).
Yes, don't lean forward! I thought I was supposed to do that for a pretty long time, and when I stopped doing it and straightened up my back instead, it suddenly got a lot easier. And legs as wide as possible.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #23
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Yea- I know, I'm graphic, but it helps people remember.
At least you didn't mention kissing the floor with your hoo hah.

Speaking of which, the best way to do a plow stop if you're on DA45 plates is to quote the average guy posting on a pr0n web site "Spread teh legs!"

But seriously, with 45 degree plates, leaning your feet inward in a plow stop is less likely to raise your outside wheels. Once again, they make your wheels a bit more grippy. Aside from firmer wheels, it's helpful to put your feet a bit further apart during your plow stop.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 10:10 AM   #24
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Couldn't do them for anything until I started skating my Strokers and I agree that they are easier to do when you are skating fast.

Keep it up though, I found a whole new world opened up on the derby track when I could do them. It's awesome being able to stop in front of someone to slow them down for a team mate and the speed control is really useful!
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Old July 11th, 2011, 04:05 AM   #25
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Use your booty. Get low, get wide, and squeeze those cheeks like you're trying not to crap your pants while you tighten your quads. Also be sure that you are not trying to rise back up too soon (which was my problem before it finally clicked for me).

The drill that helped me perfect my plow was that we placed a cone some distance away (about 25 feet-ish) and we had to get a decent start then plow to a stop before passing the cone. If we passed the cone before stopping we had to do 20 push-ups. The drill didn't end until you either A) didn't have the arm strength to continue or B) came to a stop on time on 3 consecutive turns. Very. Effective. Lol.
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Old July 11th, 2011, 04:17 PM   #26
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The way I teach them- think of squatting over a very low, but very dirty toilet... you want to be close enough to the seat that you're not peeing on your feet, but still holding yourself from falling onto it so you don't get a disease.
Now you're at the right level- just add in pushing out your heels really wide and knees in because you just saw a cockroach run by.

Yea- I know, I'm graphic, but it helps people remember.
LOL love it

We are not quite that graphic, but the same idea.. your out partying in the woods.. don't pee on yer pants

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At least you didn't mention kissing the floor with your hoo hah.

Speaking of which, the best way to do a plow stop if you're on DA45 plates is to quote the average guy posting on a pr0n web site "Spread teh legs!"
Thats my latest one with one of the girls. wants to always have her knees touching.. lift your boobs, bend yer knees and spread your legs

Good grief for ppl that come by that hear that out of context
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Old July 11th, 2011, 10:23 PM   #27
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Ask someone if you can borrow some super hard wheels. Well, I say super hard but whatever would be considered slippery on the floor you skate on.

I got my plough stops (and power slides and hockey stops) down pat on 100a Ultimate Weapons. If your floor's pretty grippy then wheels like Strokers will be fine. You don't have to slide to plough stop but I find it almost a waste of time on wheels that are really grippy.

You'll quite possibly find that your form is actually ok and once you change wheels it'll all fall into place.
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