Originally Posted by Lonnie
See, come to think of it, this is my whole problem with a strict adhersion to any particular system. All you you pmts guys think that just because it come out of HH's mouth means it's gosple. HH says do it this way, that's the best and ONLY way to do things. No. I sure these things work, but why in the world would you want to limit yourself to just those movements? I just don't get it.
Hey! Don't do that! Many of us here are merely trying to fully understand the gospel according to Harald. I have a slight understanding about how that stuff works, but it is by no means comprehensive.
FWIW, I'd prefer not to have to get into the situation where I need to pull back the feet - I view it as corrective medicine. Consequently, I find the notion of "pull the feet back and continue to do so throughout the turn" to be a bit to much, although I can see how this directive would help the back seated skier.
As far as pulling the feet back being the ONLY way to recenter, I think not. There's a bunch. I like to use poling to assist in the recentering process. HH says that's a no-no. Gurshman says it's the best.
To me, gait mechanics is truly top shelf.
Re PMTS. I think that a lot of what has gone into PMTS deals with the utilization of the inside leg. Instead of being a useless appendage, just coming along for the ride, PMTS promotes the use of the inside leg as a key point of focus. Demanding that the Kinetic Chain is activated to transmit the movements from the inside leg sets up a useful functional tension within the body.
That is very clever.
It is also in harmony with notions of "ride ski and guide ski" to which everyone has been exposed. Now, one can disagree with the teaching progression, but the emphasis that "this is the one way to ski" ensures that the student does not get confused and allow extraneous movements to occur.
For example: rotary. As I understand the use of the term in PMTS it refers to rotary force added
by use of the upper body. PMTS admits to no rotation other than those afforded and controlled by the basic movements.
It has also been suggested that PMTS is all about carving. Well, yes, that is a primary focus. Why? because while carving you can add no external rotary forces.
Someone posted that they like to show the entire range of rotation. From zero to pivot slips in their teaching. Well, PMTS movements promote getting to zero rotary in such a way that rotation is later allowed to occur. Not added, but allowed. So, the conclusion that I've come to is that the movements of PMTS do allow for the entire range of rotary to be displayed, using a functional tension throughout the body, that differs from that of "adding" rotation by forcibly twisting.
Now look here. If you think I've "drunk the Koolaid" because I've taken the time to understand this much about it, well that's your choice. As I've said, it's a very clever approach, and is IMO worth taking a good look into.