Originally Posted by docbrad66
I was referring to this:
more speed = less angles (your comment)
and to the "hinging at the waist", perhaps a remnant of the penguins and outside hand/outside boot drills.
See how vertical Mikaela's upper body is:
IMO, the gates didn't allow him to break at the waist, and that improved his skiing.
so, referring to that photo of Mikaela's upper body, is that what you mean he should be taller? i.e. his upper body? Because her hip is very close to the snow.... I think in free skiing that part is ok. he's not bending forward as much at the waist now. in gates he's inclining, which I don't like, but it's early and that takes a long time - he's still getting comfortable with the gates.
he is angulating at the hips a lot more now - not using the spine that much, which again is very good in my book (lazy - used an older photo, but shows the snow/hip/shoulders relationship well):
is this what you meant by breaking at the waist? sideways vs forward? i.e. is this good or bad (this is my reference for a SL turn):
I'm really interested in what you see, because quite the contrary, I would say his skiing falls apart in gates. He's not getting any performance from the skis anymore, turn shape is out of whack, upper body inclined and rotated... all quite expected in fact, but you like something that you see there, so I'm interested what that is...
Sorry - my comment of more speed = less angles refered to getting the same turn shape at higher speed with less angles. Given him not being strong yet, he can't use big angles at speed - specifically, the last run - this goes also to how upright his upper body can be at max turn forces. Sure, he could manage turn shape / pressure and still use big angles, but that's why i pointed it out - that tells me he is looking for performance from the ski, not hip to snow... at least not always
p.s. sorry - being a little thick here, as usual I guess - but trying really to understand precisely what you mean... I often need things broken down and explained... :(
Edited by razie - 2/17/15 at 7:09am