Originally Posted by therusty
Feel is one of the learning styles. Some people have it. The rest of us have to learn it. Having a coach providing feedback will accelerate the learning process. In group lessons, I teach to the "feel" style no more than the other styles. For private lessons, if I've found a "Feeler", I will tune that person's feedback to feel. It is not until upper level lessons, that I will start working to enhance "feel" in non-feelers.
As I prepare for the level 3 exam, I can feel when I'm skiing at that level and when I'm not. I'm never in the zone when I'm practicing because I am so micro focused on technique. I can be in the zone when I'm not practicing, but I can't enter the zone AT THE LEVEL 3 LEVEL on purpose. As I've been getting feedback about specific issues, I've developed a feel for self detecting those issues. I would not say that the coaching I've had is a greater contributor than "feel". Without the coaching, I only would have known that something was not right because I was working "too" hard to stay in control.
Even though feel (kinestetic) is one of the learning styles, EVERYONE uses it (okay, maybe not Diddski who is lacking some propioceptors in her feet, but she probably feels things around her bootes and legs, etc) to judge where their bodies are in space.
If I watch you ski and say "that's not it", and you change something, and I say "That's IT!", your body will know where IT is based on feel. For example, stance width. If I say "wider", you don't take out a tape mease and measure, then constantly watch your feet to see how far apart they are. You feel, in your ankles, knees and hip sockets, how far apart your feet are, and your brain says, when it feels like this, it's right, when it feels like that, it's wrong.
So even if you are teaching someone who is a visual, auditory or cognitive learner, they still can only repeat something that they learn by associating the feeling of doing it right, with being told or experiencing that it's right.
FYI, I have found that as I got to be a better skier, I became more of a kinestetic learner than when I was not as proficient. If the only way that you know you are getting it right is to be told or seeing it on video, then you haven't learned the movement. When you have learned it, you'll feel it because it allows everything to work properly.
on a side note, it's been snowing for a few minutes here, and the ground is turning white now!