Originally Posted by crgildart
Agree with most but as for bold part., it is the anatomical difference/variation that limits the movement not the equipment right? It can be remedied quickly and less painfully with a gear adjustment most often. But, it can sometimes be remedied by many more hours or just doing something a little differently to compensate. I'd prefer the results gained from training and hard work... physically strengthening that weaker side to form muscle memory that eliminates the weakness or lessens it considerably to becoming dependent on custom, non symmetrical gear, different for right and left. The last sentence sums up what I would most like to avoid as an aggressive recreational skier.
God forbid - "customized non symmetrical gear". How are we defining "custom" here? Plug boots that haven't been ground out so they're not custom? Pick one type of boot that everyone uses?
You're not consistent though. It's ok to have non symmetrical turns, yet non symmetrical gear is forbidden - ok "to be avoided" if you're core. (ok, "aggressive recreational skier", aka core)
So, if you play baseball and one eye is different than the other, should you avoid customized non symmetrical glasses?
Ya know, despite basic symmetry the body is not exactly symmetric.
We should carry two wallets, one in each pocket, so as not to be customized non - symmetrical. Two phones also.
Just a simple question.
So if one side turn is worse than the other. Why not teach to the lowest common denominator and have both bad? That's a win - win. Symmetry, plus fixed the problem - one turn worse than the other. Worse as defined by student.
Pt 2: People in general like symmetry. 4 out of 5 people will complain about one turn worse than the other before it's mentioned. As in "I can't turn left", or " I really have trouble turning right" (Arbitrary stat to sync with Dentine but point is valid)
- Pt 2 a) Isn't it easier to just say, "Ok, let's make that right turn as bad as your left." ( We might use the word "match" instead of "bad" to promote learning) What will happen, as both turns become symmetrical,is they'll get better at the same rate now and won't have the crutch of customized non-symmetrical gear temptation.
Pt 3: Ski boots are arbitrary. Hopefully you get someone who picks an arbitrary boot to match your foot/leg or you throw a lucky dart and get an arbitrary boot that works. Arbitrary in the sense that they're not made for you, but an arbitrary sort of person. Based on kind of a real person. Sizes usually based on men's size 9 and then scaled for the other sizes by a guy in Italy. Since everyone is different, you hope that their arbitrary and arbitrary then scaled matches your reality. Esp since one is not allowed to modify, and god forbid modify one boot different than the other. That would be "customized non-symmetrical gear".
Customized and non - symmetrical. Laces don't match. Much worse though, the right is tighter than the left. Left is non standard lacing pattern also- Excessive customizing. Should work on walking with both tied the same. Edit: Just noticed. Look at the foot part. The right boot is narrower, has bump at big toe, the left boot is wider has bump at 5th metatarsal. The leather has self customized! Now if it were plastic....Suck it up! No non standard customizations. Solution: Get a bigger boot with enough space. Oldschoolskier will call this "Fit". It's custom and non symmetrical.
Exhibit B. Pointe Shoes:
Customized with lambs wool and other stuff in the toe box, between the toes and where needed. Usually non symmetrical customizations. Come on girl, suck it up. Practice more.
Edited by Tog - 1/16/15 at 12:46pm