I've been using 1/2 since I started and I can't do a 2-foot hockey stop correctly. Last night, I finally managed to get the hockey stop going with two feet, but I can't remember the last time I got my skates sharpened. I'm thinking of going to 9/16 or 5/8.
If you go to a real large hollow you will develop bad habits more likely than not. I mean, a 9/16 is not extreme or anything, but 1/2 is what most pro shops would suggest you use as your learning.
Just try to remember the technique you used to stop, and then apply it to skating with the fresh blades.
I will ****ing hip check the **** out of you.
Picking up my skates tonight. 1/2... Ill let you know how it goes.
Just went from 1/2 to 9/16 and I'll probably go even further. I love the speed and ability to stop without digging in too hard. The guy that did my skates said he was trained where the Red Wings used to practice in the '80s and some would get a one-inch cut. Interesting
I usually skate with a 9/16 hollow, but I will move up or down 1/8 depending on ice conditions.
I like a deeper hollow on harder ice (Panorama or TSC) versus the slush I play on at Burbank.
Here's a chart of hollows used by the Pens.
My U+ I keep at 9ft Neutral and a 7/8 cut.