I was in a training session today, working on short radius turns on somewhat steep icy slopes. My trainer was doing these just fine, of course. Following him was me, doing all kinds of wobbly interpretations of his turns. I kept losing my edge. My skis were sharp with a nice race tune; that's not the issue.
What it finally came down to was that I was doing a little pivot at the top of the turn, which undermined getting the big toe edge of the new outside shovel edged well before it entered the fall line. My trainer told me it wasn't a rotary push-off, just a little pivot, but enough of one to undermine engaging the tip above the fall line.
Yes, this is probably just psychological, rushing through the fall line. But maybe it isn't....
Another thing we both noticed is that at the end of the old turn he was only slightly countered, while I was extremely countered. I had significant inside tip lead, and I held my outside hand somewhat back. Why? Because I needed to do this to keep my weight over the arch of my outside foot. I needed the strong counter to keep that outside ski weighted equally from tip to tail. If I were to have the stance of my trainer at the end of the turn, with less tip lead and my outside hand more forward, and my body only slightly countered, my tails would wash out. I tried this; confirmed.
With such significant counter at the end of the turn, my initiations came with an unwinding (wind-up and release; anticipation) which I know I don't need. Those unwindings caused a small pivot. Maybe.
So... I'm thinking that this counter may be causing my wobbliness in these short radius turns on steepish icy terrain, instead of psychology (I don't FEEL afraid of the fall line, by the way). I'm wondering if too much forward lean in my boots may be necessitating holding that hand back with the weight it drags back along with it, just to keep the pressure situated beneath my arches. Without that held-back hand, along with its held-back shoulder and hip, my weight would stay over the ball of foot for the entire turn (causing tail-wash-out at the end).
So maybe it's not psychological. Maybe it's the forward lean. My bootfitter has already put a slight lifting shim under my toes. I'm thinking I should go back and ask for more.
Maybe. Or it's just inexperience and weak technique.
Anyone ever had such thoughts about forward lean in boots, and done anything about it with some success?