Originally Posted by nolo
cantunamunch--what are you talking about? Pole touch is just a cue. Touch and GO.
1. The pole tip is dragged.
2. The pole tip is prepared (decelerated) for touch by the upper body or contact with the snow and (ideally) accelerated after by the upper body.
3. The pole and tip swing through an arc, with pivot at the pole tip (not moving relative to snow) and the grip of of the pole moves at skier-waist speed. In this instance a longer pole makes the grip move slower.
So. If you were to break down a perhaps-slightly-less-than-ideally quick "pole touch" into its component elements, which of the above, or which combination, is ideal?
With that answer, could you tell me if there is a desirable force along the shaft of the pole? One can easily see that, if #2 occurs mostly by contact with snow, there is a force along the shaft (not controlled by the skier and requiring adaptive absorption, but perhaps centering?)
Apologies if I'm not phrasing this correctly; I understand intuitively your 'touch and go' but cannot explain it to someone who does not. The fingertip to countertop example would be perfectly adequate if we had hand wings such as I mentioned above and are written about here.