Now that I've revisited spins over and over, I'm now going to revisit bad side mohawks.
And I'm doing this for George, blog master of "On Thin Ice" who has written about his bad side mohawks too.
Imagine you have a problem with a mohawk where you stroke onto your right skate then bring your left skate forward to touch the inner arch of your right foot.
Okay, I have issues. I have one 'open' hip and one 'closed' hip. So I had to develop a technique for one leg different than the other.
Step 1: Arms in the T position, stroke onto my right skate (the 'bad' side)
Step 2: Just a fraction of a second before I bring my left foot forward to the center of my skating foot, I drop my left arm down to my left side.
Step 3: As soon as I switch to my left foot, I raise my left arm back into the T position.
Okay, what's happening physically here?
I think it's that as I drop the arm down as I bring my foot forward, that I am actually OPENING the closed left hip ever so slightly. Just enough that I can successfully do a mohawk from weird upper body positions. This is possible because when I bring the left skate forward, and the arm down on the same side, that my left should pushes back--forcing the right skate to turn then lift (dropping my left skate to the ice).
If I'm doing the mohawk at speed, I actually swing the left arm behind my back -- tuck my left arm behind the back might be a better expression--and can do the mohawk at speeds I couldn't do before.
It's worked for several weeks. It's not pretty, but meh, not going to the Olympics.