Originally Posted by pdxammo
Thanks Rusty, I have people though that do great pivot slips, maybe even good shorts but fail to carry that rotation into their medium (most not shorts either) and instead edge two dimensionally just moving the hips in the frontal plane to start the turn. How does one make or extend the connection in movement pattern?
1) Make sure they really are doing pivot slips correctly.
2) Use an indoor drill to lie on your back, hold one leg vertically in the air and then turn the entire leg and foot as a unit through maximum range of motion. Make sure they understand the comparison to skiing movements.
3) Select from various counter and tipping drills as appropriate for each student
-picture frame drill/poles around the hips drill
-tug of war drill
-hop to shape
-bamboo over the shoulders
-white pass turns/tracer turns
-wedge christies (contrast modern christie with "american" christie - weight stays centered between the skis vs weight moves to the inside of the turn)
-wedge turns (emphasize slight extension and slight weight movement to flatten the new inside ski)
4) Select from mental concepts that "click"
-the "foreagonal" concept (Bob Barnes hates this - but it works for me - hips have to be square to the foreagonal movement)
-long leg/short leg
-steer the finish of the turn
-uphill check at the finish of the turn
-pulling the new inside foot back to initiate
-flex to release
What you choose for 3 and 4 depends on your MA of your students. That's the art of teaching. If they can do pivot slips, they can do the movement. You have to watch them not doing the movement to determine WHY they are not doing it. That is only the first step in choosing an approach to remedy the problem.