Originally Posted by Rick
Disski, I've always used that pole tapping thing as a form of praise. Never really thought about it until you mentioned it here. Have no idea where I picked it up or when, just know I've done it for as long as I can remember. Is this a race thing? Do you instructors do this too?
I think it is a race thing.... the ones that do it come from following type backgrounds
a) australians with staatliche quals x2 - both also racers here in past years
b) canadians - at least 1 grew up on whistler mountain with dad an instructor - so you have some idea what he spent childhood doing....
(seems VERY common in canadians though.... they "clap" my food with poles too as they race past even the ones I do not have lessons with)
c) instructors with race coach quals of some sort....
regular instructors seem to do it less.... they TALK more too.... the guys that clap talk on lifts or start/end of runs... other feedback is restricted to short one/two word CUES... not blathering at me while I ski- which distracts me.... Claps & hoots etc tell me i did/am doing GOOD stuff... try to remember HOW that feels.... signs or simple cues give me a focus to pay attention to....
these are the guys that will say stuff like "what was the difference between the 3rd and 6th turns there?" - ummmm like which ones? where? ... I know I need to pay more attention for these guys.... sometimes one particular turn - more often - the first 5-10 versus the "middle" of run versus the "end" or even one run versus the previous run....
this is kind of what I need to learn - to allow me to self "tune" versus needing feedback from outside to help me get "set up" for skiing each season (I still lose LOTS each time I stop for a while... as whatever is NOT in a brain pathway just fades & needs to be rebuilt)
caveat - I ski with quite a few guys with race quals so my sample may be skewed... these guys do better at providing me with feedback that aids muscle control - versus the "press down on teh accelerator pedal" guff that many pure "instructors" like to spout....(like what pedal WHERE/HOW?)