This has been an interesting thread to follow and I must admit to being extremely confused early on until I realized that the "pull your inside foot" back folks are only talking about a transient position during transition. While that is certainly what has to happen--and I might add that the amount of time that you actually spend with no tip lead is but a split second--I'm curious whether the "pull your foot back" advice is intended really intended to be prescriptive. Do you foot pullers actually consciously initiate your transition by making a deliberate effort to pull the foot back? I'm asking because I tend to agree with Coach on this--I've found that what you all are describing is an effect of a good transition, not necessarily a cause. When I release a turn, I simply start rolling--toes, ankles, knees and finally hips to transition to the new edge angle. Since I'm actively pressuring my boot cuff, my inside foot has to come back in order to roll to the new edge. The point being is that I don't ever have to think about relative foot position. It just happens as a result of my intent to roll to a new edge--this is true regardless of whether pulling the foot back is actually the first thing that happens in transtion. So to address Scalce's original question, I wonder if the notion of foot pulling is too granular? If you can only think about one thing to start your transition off correctly, is foot pulling really the right thing to be concentrating on? More importantly, why is Scalce asking the question to begin with? Does it reflect a real problem with technique, or a perceived one that has resulted from the inevitable limitations of discussing dynamic movements in static terms? Anyway, this has been a great discussion. Thanks all for sharing your expertise.
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12/20/05 at 9:45am