What is the Y Angle? And why is it so important?
The Y angle is the angle between your skate and the ice.
Here is a close up of the Y Angle:
The Smaller the tops of the Y, the faster you will skate with less effort. This is due to the mechanical advantage that comes with using micro-arcs, gravity, and the proper bounce of your muscles.
The smaller the top of your Y, the further away you can move point G away from point P. The more distance between point P and G, the more mechanical advantage.
The best skaters (Downhill Skaters), effortlessly achieve the smallest Y angle on both their inside and outside edges. They do this at top speed, with different footwork patterns. If you'd like to learn more about the Downhill Skating system, you can sign up for a free webinar to understand why it's changing the game.