|I've been accused of 'lazy arms' many a time for lack of pole use. Have finally gotten into a solid habit of Display Use when in front of peers, students and clinicians. Still, sometimes I think we come up with make-work uses for poles just because we carry them.
Personally, I don't desire the nuisance of needlessly 'touching' the snow with a pole on medium and long turns like I'm trying to bless my next turn entry or something. Sure, I do it from habit after all the drilling-in I've received and because I have to carry them anyway for when I do want to use them, but frequently I put them both in one hand so I can just ski.
Though I teach it, I don't rely on that whole pole-touch timing thing to choreograph my own movements as it's just too cumbersome. Feels really artificial to me. Pole-Timing seems to resonate with other skiers though.
Reaching forward is often taught as a clever misdirection - to get students to adjust their CM into an appropriate position for new-turn entry and the expected acceleration. Reaching Toward the Next Turn is often a misdirection to trick students into moving their CM over their skis to effect a better edge change. I prefer to teach directly to a desired effect and so avoid such pole antics.
Poles seem pretty useful in short turns and bump turns since balance can be disrupted so quickly in these. Again, not so much as a timing thing for me as it is a temporary third point of contact for balance.
As you say, keeping the 'poles moving' can translate into better long & medium turns. I suspect this is because of the underlying core movements induced artificially, not the actual pole movement nor contact of the poles with the snow.
|Still, sometimes I think we come up with make-work uses for poles just because we carry them.|
As you try to see the future of skiing, does it have a pair of poles in it?
Why don't snowboarders carry poles or any of the other inventive hand tools that popped up in the aftermath of the Burton (and later the Elan SCX) revolution?
What is the relationship of new technology and new technique, form to function-wise?