the difference is I would say it in person. where most people who would make statement like that online are spineless and i did not just rip billy kid I just rip nearly every "pro" skier who is now 'coaching" skiing. Not only have seen ineffective coaching from "names" I have seen coaching that actually makes people worse.
Its not that the info is bad or wrong but it lack a greater understanding that many on this board have of this sport. I can not say Billy Kidd specifically does not have a clue but statements like "balance start at our hands" , while helpful do not show the greater picture of how balance actually works. I wonder his coaching to a no armed man would be?
Also I am not going to rip and more "names" in this thread, so far this thread is informative and pleasant. If you would like to start a thread on the subject I would have no problem using examples of when "names" simply can not coach, in some cases really can not ski, and in other cases are such poor coaches that their students actually get worse.
and if you think that Billy Kidd actually knows more about this AND CAN PUT INTO CLEAR CONCISE WORDS than the people posting in this thread than go seek him out, knowing what I know I would rather ski with Bob Barnes than him.
To be fair, he never said that.
He was giving one person some coaching, and that was his tip, and it was a very good tip for that person. He skis with thousands of people, whether in his little clinic, or this (which was a private thing), and of course he likes to coach, so I am sure he has these little mantras he has been using over and over and over again for a quick help. I'm quite sure he wouldn't say that to an armless man lol.
But I do think he values the simplicity of only having to think about one thing when you are skiing, so he picks out the one thing that will lead the other things to the right place. I think that is the trait of a good coach in any sport. Footwork is really important in tennis, but for me, I don't have to think about my feet to make them work, I have to keep my eye on the ball. When I'm concentrating on that, my feet follow and do exactly what they are supposed to do. If I start looking up before I've hit the ball, I get flat footed. (And again, that is advice for someone who is "already connected.")
I too would rather ski with Bob! But it was a fun morning ... the guy's a legend, and I know people who have started skiing simply because of who he was back in the 70s.