Originally Posted by Rich666
I believe this premise is arse-backwards. Ski to snow surface interaction [edging (skid/carve/combo) pressure management (fore/aft), turn shape (direction)] is the final result of all anatomical input starting at the feet/ankles and moving up the chain. While we all do make adjustments regarding what we feel under foot such as a unexpected loss of edge purchase or abrupt change in friction from the snow surface, there is a very limited span of time that highly mitigates its benefit to a quick-jerk reaction to the unexpected where we employ our athletic skills of agility, balance and reaction time but not necessarily anything associated with pre-established technique. This sensory reaction dynamic pales in significance to pro-active motor patterns from technique and anticipation based on visual cues.
Fair enough. That is why it was an "epiphany" for me. You say tomato I say reaction, you say output I say tomawto.
That is the main topic I got from watching the video of JFB which razie originally posted and which I summarize and post in # 30 here:
If and when you have a chance take a look at the video and let me/us know what you think.
Because I have been thinking about it and this is why I think I like it.
THE SKI-SNOW INTERFACE IS THE INPUT. THE RELATIVE (CONSTANTLY/DYNAMICALLY MOVING) POSITION OF THE FEET, LEGS, HIPS, SHOULDERS IS THE RESULT OF THAT INPUT.
1. If we think about our feet, legs, hips, (and body), shoulder position, then we are more apt to do more with them than is actually required by the ski-snow interface. Which will cause certain things that I am guilty of including unnecessary counter, unnecessary angulation, etc.;
2. Unnecessary counter, unnecessary angulation, etc. leads me to hold a foot, leg, hip, body and shoulder position too long for what the ski-snow interface actually requires to complete the turn for the snow conditions/terrain, etc.;
3. Which in my skiing leads a "park and ride" or other static / non-dynamic mode of movement;
4. I wonder if focusing on the constantly ever changing ski-snow interface (Edge, Pressure, Rotation) will inform me of the true demands required of the feet, legs, hips, body, shoulders and, thus, promote more constantly dynamic movement and separation.
So, I understand that it is merely a "mental/body focus" type of thing (i.e., egg/chicken, reaction/action, input/output) but thinking of it that way may make me focus more on what is actually happening at the ski-snow interface and then only react in the type and amount of feet, leg, hip, body, shoulder necessary to only do what is demanded which could help me improve my personal skiing. So I will focus on the ski-snow interface for a while, or if it works, forever.
Take a look at the video and let us know what you think:
After all, if you think about it, wasn't that the ultimate conclusion drawn from MGA's "Help with Counter" thread?
Edited by Tim Hodgson - 9/21/16 at 11:02am