Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
Darren talks specifically about all the things not to do fellas. He also talks about short turns and how being squarer would produce a negative result with the torso's angular momentum being difficult to manage and reverse. So I'm a bit at a loss to understand all the critique that starts with the supposition that this wouldn't work if he was doing something different (iceier, smaller turns, etc). He's not doing something different, he's doing what he is doing.
Zen, a coach telling you not to drop a hand because the shoulder follows? Does Darren's shoulder move aft, or does the camera create that illusion as he turns away from it? He's talking about the rule of parallels and skiing a specific way. Taking rotary out of the lesson segment was mentioned, so I'm again curious why that demo is being seen as more than what it is, a specific demo filmed with the expressed objective of calming down the upper body.
Jasp--I was taught that as turn radius becomes larger (say sl to gs, for instance) less counter is indicated...though you still need to have some at larger radius turns. By dropping the inside hand, I meant to say behind you, as this can affect inside shoulder position, which in turn affect your hips as well. Try it standing on your carpet at home; stand with your feet hip width apart, hands in front. Now, move your left hand rearward at or behind your hips while leave your right where it is. Notice how it becomes increasingly difficult to keep your left shoulder where it was originally.
Being square with the skis is fine , of course, when you have more or less equal weight dist. during transition, and or on lower performance turns. But, if your trying to, pardon this one--"Git er Done".......? I watched Darrens fischer sl test video again (the one I linked a few posts above...), and I still notice a slight rotary movement. But I suppose the camera angle point you brought up could be a factor as well.
I hold your views in regards to technique in the highest regards, and obviously can't convey myself as clearly as you can as I'm just a master's racer, not a high level instructor.
P.s. MERRY CHRISTMAS Jasp, Markojp, and everyone else I gotta get ready for skiing...