Originally Posted by Rick
the difference between making movements that force the ski to turn by overpowering it, or making movements that allow the ski to turn by virtue of its own innate mechanics and just going along for the ride.
I found out this important difference last week during my "re-learn to ski" trip. The second day out I was working so hard that my knees were screaming at me by the end of a few hours. I was trying to MAKE the ski turn, and as a result I could barely walk back to the condo for the pain. (Tool)
In contrast, the third day I figured out how to LET the ski do it - and life was so much better!!
-- cue Hallelujah Chorus (Instrument/Machinery)
I think of "tool" as a brute/blunt force object, but "instrument" or "finely tuned machinery" connotes more delicacy and precision to me.