Most Common Ollie Mistakes
Learning how to Ollie doesn’t have to be difficult.
Take a few minutes to learn how to avoid making these Ollie mistakes so you can master the Ollie and move onto other tricks. Once you learn what doesn’t work, then you can find out does work and you can master the Ollie for good.
Read this entire blog post and learn the secrets to the most important trick in skateboarding, the Ollie.
Ollie Mistakes And How To Correct Them
Every new skateboarder wants to learn how to Ollie and while it might look easy, it actually takes precise timing, coordination and practice.
“All good things worth having, are worth working for.”
Expect to make a lot of mistake when first learning new skateboard tricks, but don’t let that get you down. It’s actually a blessing in disguise, because it’s through your failures that you have success. Learn from your mistakes and they can’t be called failures.
Keep trying different techniques and find out what works for you; and then continue to practice until you have mastered the Ollie completely.
Let’s get started. Here some common mistakes beginners make when learning how to Ollie:
Ollie Mistake #1 – Incorrect Foot Placement
If you don’t have the proper foot placement to control your skateboard, your Ollies will continue to get away from you.
What you want is total control of your skateboard. When you Ollie, your skateboard should be stuck to the bottom of your skate shoes the whole time.
Your back foot should be right in the center of your tail. Kick straight down and get a nice, crispy pop.
Your front foot is meant to slide up towards the nose to give the board some height.
As you’re doing this, lift your both of your knees to your chest to get maximum height.
Level out the skateboard at the peak of your Ollie and land with both feet over the bolts.
Ollie Mistake #2 – Improper Pop
Getting your board to pop up seems to be big problem with beginner skateboarders, but once you understand the mechanics of the Ollie, learning it will become much easier for you.
Pop your skateboard by crouching down, jumping up, and kicking down with your back foot, as your front foot slides up towards the nose. Bring up your back foot now and level the board out as you come down to land.
This is the part of the Ollie which requires precise timing, good foot work and practice.
Spend time practicing the Ollie and watching skateboarding trick tip videos to learn the best techniques.
Keep working on your pop until you feel the snap through your whole body.
Ollie Mistake #3 – Chicken-foot
If you don’t already know, “chicken-foot” is psychological problem some skateboarders have where they will attempt a trick and bail constantly.
If you don’t believe you really can land your trick, you will chicken out instead out committing to your trick.
To help with this problem, close your eyes and visualize yourself performing the trick to perfection, as if it were happening in real life. Feel the feelings of already having landed your trick.
Do this several times over and over in your head and you’ll find more confidence to overcome the fear of falling.
Also, the more time you face your fear and push past it, the more confident you become so practice often!
Ollie Mistake #4 – Shifting
Often beginner skateboarders will attempt an Ollie and land on a slight angle.
We call this shifting. It happens when either your shoulders are squared up with you skateboard or your foot placement is off.
To solve this problem of shifting, when you Ollie line your shoulders up with your skateboard. The reason for this is because wherever your shoulders go, your skateboard will follow.
Keep your shoulder lined up with your board and look over your lead shoulder when Olling and will find that your Ollies become much straighter.
This should solve that problem, but if it doesn’t you might also want to experiment with foot placement.
Ollie Mistake #5 – Low Ollies
Low Ollies aren’t so much a mistake as they are problems for new skateboarders.
You can improve the height of your Ollies by doing a couple different things:
- When getting ready to Ollie, crouch down low and jump up high
- Pop a quick, snappy Ollie that bounces off the concrete in the air
- Suck you knees to your chest to get maximum height on your Ollies
- Workout your leg muscles (e.g. calf muscles) to also get more height
Of course, the more you continue to skate, the tougher your legs muscles will become, which means much higher Ollies.
How To Correct These Ollie Mistakes
When correcting these most common Ollie mistakes beginner skateboarders make, there are several things:
- Find the best Ollie stance for you that works.
- Crouch down low and jump up high.
- See yourself succeeding; commit to your tricks.
- Look over your shoulder to Ollie.
- Practice often; strengthen your leg muscles.
Well there you have it, some of the most common Ollie mistakes, along with ways of correcting them.
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Until next time, keep skating!