Originally Posted by Rich666
.... The only concern I may have with this system is that it claims that all movements are derived from that of the top WC racers, a faction that does not seem to recognize this system in return. ...
This gets back to marketing again.
If you were looking to create a niche product aimed at low-level intermediates, and aimed at making them look better on groomers and have some success on frontside carvers in more diverse terrain, would you 1) label that product as just that, or 2) market it as cutting-edge, high-end, WC race-derived, and all sorts of other things similar to what car companies use in terms of claiming racing tech for their cars?
As far as racers and race programs not "recognizing the system," that wouldn't be the way I'd put it. I took a lot of flak earlier in this thread for noting, accurately, that race programs tend to be well-aware of the drill in question (many young racers aren't because it's not relevant to them) but not to use it. The response of Atomicman's son is one good example of this. Many coaches of a certain age are also aware of and know personally the author of the belief system. I would analogize this to Peter Croker in golf, who among other things played on the PGA Tour for 12 years, but who now is marketing a very idiosyncratic handsy golf swing. Croker has a great background, but it wouldn't be the model for a swing that I wanted to teach my kids.
But, if your focus were on racing, why would you use a drill that involves extraneous movements and is slow?
I've actually used the drill myself in some circumstances, for instance even for skiers I'd call strong intermediates, if they can't really make laid-out carves but want to learn then a variation on the drill can be one way to show them this on a green with room. That's a way different context from racing. But, in terms of marketing, fun recreational carving also has no "sizzle."
To be clear, it is also not just "top WC racers" that aren't using this drill. Racing starts at a young age. It did not surprise me one bit that A-man's son, now a coach himself, had never even seen the drill done once his whole career with exposure to some of the best camps and coaches.