Originally Posted by KevinF
Thanks. I see that I do that when I see myself on video. I've been told to "TAKE UP SPACE !", but when I'm skiing, I have no idea I'm doing it -- i.e., that position is entirely natural to me. Anything specific come to mind of things that you think would be really hard from that position? I don't feel like I'm "back seat skiing" by any means.
Yes, that is a natural position for most skiers. The position I'm talking about is not at all natural, in fact it flys in the face of our innate human survival responce, so it needs to be consciously rehearsed over and over until it becomes comfortable and "natural". Check out this photo:
Notice the strong fore move Bode made between frame 3 and 4. He's brought his hips right up over the top of his boots as his CM is diving across his skis and into the new turn. This is the move I was advocating you play with. This puts him in a strong position to pressure the front of his boot at the beginning of the upcoming turn, and gets his new outside leg long and strong for best resisting the forces of the high edge angle turn he will be executing.
Notice too, his hips stay ahead of his outside foot (the dominant turning foot) through the following images as he proceeds through the new turn. That's what I was talking about when I said to imagine your feet lagging behind your hips, and chasing them through the turn.
The negatives of hips lagging are a short outside leg, which do not support turn forces as strongly,,, and a less aggressive tip engagement at the beginning of (and all through) the turn.
One certainly can ski with hips aft, and less tip pressure, in fact they should practice the skill. But the pros and cons of each option should be understood, and the ability to perform either as choice/need dictates should be developed.
Suggestion: Try as a learning drill skiing very tall, at all times during your turns, and through your transitions. From there, try adjusting your fore/aft balance point with only your ankles, remaining tall, and skiing in a variety of fore/aft balance states, focusing strongly on a fore state. When fore, you should begin to feel the forward inclinated, hips in front of boots sensation you need to learn and get comfortable with. Finally, do some turns in which you start fore and finish aft. This drill requires the big transitional fore move you see Bode making, so as to enter the new turn in the proper fore/aft state of balance.
|This is one thing (amoung others) that Bob Barnes was working on at Aspen a couple weeks ago. I've become aware of my shoulder rotation issues -- i.e., I can feel when I do it now, as oppossed to just seeing it on video and realize that "oh yeah, I guess I do !". Fixing it is another issue -- that's sort of my project for the rest of this season. I can definitely keep my short turns in a smaller corridor when the shoulders don't rotate.
There are many drill to work on this. A few: the Schlopy, Javelins, horizontal poles down falline.
|Both you and Bushwacker commented on some overly rushed / pivoted turns, especially in the shorter turns. I thought my transitions were usually pretty patient, but these things can always be improved. It's possible I rushed some of them in order to stay in a smaller corridor; definitely something worth paying attention to.
They usually are pretty good, but some were getting away from you. Think about your hips during your transitions, and keep their movement completely lateral as the cross over your skis,,, no vertical. And try to get full pressure before any direction change has occured. I'm not seeing a pattern of up and pivot in your skiing, usually your turns are good. I'm just promoting consistency. Sorry, I'm a perfectionist.