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Found my big toe

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I have had little professional skiing instruction but have been reading quite a bit on this forum and have purchased some books during the past couple years. One of the things I have read about is putting pressure on the big toe. This frankly seemed a little silly to me considering my feet are encased by stiff boots. But I tried it a couple days ago on a firm groomer day.

 

I was truly amazed at the difference it made! I was skiing on Dynastar Sultan 85s and, on the firmer stuff, if I did not pressure my big toe at the beginning and through the middle of the turn I would often get chatter from the edge not quite being able to hold on. However, if I pushed down on my big toe the turn was always smooth with no chatter. I was in much better control and having a much smoother ride. I could not believe what a difference it made. So, thanks to all of you who have made comments about pressuring the big toe.

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Big toe is good stuff....  Now can you find your little toe?

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Big toe is good stuff....  Now can you find your little toe?


Not sure when I am supposed to find it or what it is supposed to do. Sounds intriguing though.

 

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Not sure when I am supposed to find it or what it is supposed to do. Sounds intriguing though.

Well, TSG, what's your other foot doing when you're standing on the big toe of (presumably) your outside ski or foot? Hint: either it must be tipped to its "little toe edge" with enough pressure to make it bend and carve, or you must actively steer its tip into the turn (to keep it out of the way of the outside ski), or perhaps a bit of both. Right?

Sounds like you've had a small revelation with your "discovery" of your big toe. Congratulations! But I would like to caution you that it could possibly also backfire, leading you to potentially bad habits. There's too much to it--too many possibilities--to elaborate fully here, but if you could find a little video clip of yourself, you'd probably get some useful ideas as to how it's working and where you might want to focus next.

Best regards,
Bob
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edited: bob beat me

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Not sure when I am supposed to find it or what it is supposed to do. Sounds intriguing though.
Well, TSG, what's your other foot doing when you're standing on the big toe of (presumably) your outside ski or foot? Hint: either it must be tipped to its "little toe edge" with enough pressure to make it bend and carve, or you must actively steer its tip into the turn (to keep it out of the way of the outside ski), or perhaps a bit of both. Right?
Sounds like you've had a small revelation with your "discovery" of your big toe. Congratulations! But I would like to caution you that it could possibly also backfire, leading you to potentially bad habits. There's too much to it--too many possibilities--to elaborate fully here, but if you could find a little video clip of yourself, you'd probably get some useful ideas as to how it's working and where you might want to focus next.
Best regards,
Bob

Just to name one, pushing on the ski tips, big toe, whatever can push you back, back into the back seat if you are not careful. 
 

 

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