Hello, this is my first post here so I want to say hi real quick. I'm Mady. Anyway though, on to my question. I've been in a Learn to State class for about 4 weeks and just passed Basic 1! with my crazy schedule this month, I haven't had anytime to practice outside of my hour and half lesson. Now though, I'm going to be skating a lot more (probably 4 hours a week). My instructor told me I have a problem with my knee bending though, and that even doing basic moves I don't bend my knees enough. I was just wondering if this could have to do with the fact that since I use rental skates with little support, I lace them up very tightly almost the whole way up. I haven't been able to skate since my lesson to test this theory. I know you are supposed to leave two fingers width at the top, but doing that, I feel like I'm wobbling and have little support at all. I just purchased my first pair of skates though! They're simply Jackson Mystiques since I just turned sixteen and fairly normal sized and only on basic skills. I didn't want something to stiff and am definitely prepared to upgrade later on (possibly Basic 6-7). Do you think my new skates will allow me to not tighten my skates as much up the ankle and allow me to bend my knees, or is this just a bad habit that I have? Thanks!