Originally Posted by michaelA
Disski, nice breakdown. You point up nicely the ‘misdirection’ concept in action. First, I’m not saying constructive misdirection is evil or anything. Just that I avoid it. I suggest you are not ‘moving properly’ because you have poles… rather that you are ‘moving properly’ because you are lured into it by your focus on operating the poles as instructed. This is very much why I think the Phantom Move thing works so well - it lures students into an effective hip/pelvic movement by focusing them on an otherwise meaningless movement elsewhere. (oh, *that* outta cast the bobber out there)
ummm - no exactly the opposite in fact...
that I am most comfortable with no poles
and hands hyperstretched.
Simply put - that is the position in which I find it easiest to feel balanced when little movements happen under my feet or when I am sliding on white slippery stuff... (has to do with priming of reflexes so I am told by doctor that played with me). This comes from GYM
from long before I ever even thought about skiing....
Ditto I know
from those days that TAPPING
a finger onto a vertical surface will improve my balance ability a lot
in those situations where it is really challenged and I am at the edge of my balance capabilities.WHY?
Simply put the brain is much smarter than I am - it quickly analyses the fraction of a second of finger touch data and is able to help me by telling me which side has more pressure (ie I am leaning that way) or if the surface is suddenly further away than expected(last tap has different pressure data)for me
this is more apparent because I am so often out of balance and unable to adjust easily on my own
Think about where the comparisons are in skiing.... the tap of a finger is
better than of a pole as fingers are more sensitive tools - but the fingers are around that pole & there are 5 of them and tehy will transmit more data than you may be aware of....
However I prefer to ski poleless - my comfort is the opposite of what you suggest - I simply ski better quality turns (external opinions) when I remember to swing poles. This comes from non-regular instructor saying "Oh much better turns that run what where you doing differently?" & me saying "nothing other than trying to keep the poles going"
I chose to decide to keep poles moving after another instuctor told me they disliked a slightly jerky pole plant action. For me constant movement is sort of easier to control- although timing is tricky - because I am still moving I do not have to predict muscle tension & so get a sudden movement that overshoots the mark. (yes I have been accused of looking like a thunderbird puppet when playing sports)