I wondered if anyone has some tips on how to relax in a course. I often find when I free ski its a completely different feel. My body is fluid and I can feel exactly what the ski is doing. I can pressure it and release the energy between turns. The weight is in the right spot everything feels good for the most part. Then when I get in a course things are not as fluid.
I often see people diving toward the inside you see weight in the wrong spot all sorts of things. What I have noticed is a complete over pressure of the bottom foot sometimes to the point where I have to tell myself to release. It's almost as if I over compensate when not in the right areas. The other thing I have noticed is a complete lack of fluid motion between gates. It's almost as if because you have to pull your hands in by a gate that the weight is off. I am sure that sometimes I am still pinching at the gates. The other thing is that when you start to slipping instead of doing the right things it often makes the situation worse. You tense up end up low then skid turns instead of carving clean. When free skiing its easy to play with crouching more, being in forward more, really using your outside arm to edge harder and release the ski. In a course I often find its difficult to relax, get fluidity into the turns, and release with any sort of rhythm.