Originally Posted by jdowling
We use a drill called "The Crab," which is done in a wedge but it doesn't include a hop. You ski a wide wedge straight down the fall line, then alternately pressure one ski then the other to engage the edge. It shows the coach that you can engage edges cleanly,with no rotation.
So John, what do you call the movements that TURN your legs inwards towards each other? I'd call them "Rotary movements". They just static, and not active. So therefore, you ARE using some rotary movements to turn the skis. They're just passive movements...
The same thing could be said about the engagement of the edges in that drill. When you rotate the legs outward into a wedge, the edges automatically engage. You aren't REALLY actively enganging them.
These two reasons are why I really don't like "the Crab" as a drill where the setup is to "push" or pressure the outside ski. I think it encourages the wrong movement patterns. Now the same drill the the focus of flattening the inside ski, might be useful....