guys ...are we not missing the point a little here, the whole point of this thread was [i think, it's been a while since page 1
] to find out what level instructors or coaches where taught about recognising alignmnet issues. not what was more valid lateral or fore/aft but the ability to recognise the issues and suggest what could be done to get them fixed
you do not have to carry wedges and make adjustments to clients boots, simply understand what you see and who can fix it, from then it is up to the client, if they want to maximise their performance then they may seek out the help and sort things, if they don't then all you can do is work with what you have, teaching a compensatory motion is a means to an end but it is not the best way to give the client the best experienceMax_501
you need to go out and play with different things my friend, try some of the simple things that won't be too challenging like putting 2-3 mm under your toe binding and then under the heel, feel the difference , then come back on here and tell us all that it doesn't make a noticeable difference to the position you are on your skis
if you don't feel the difference then prehaps either your boot fit is completely wrong in the first place [ie your feet are swimming around] or someone has cut a sensory nerve between your feet and your brain
so what should an instructor or coach know..........
IMO and only in that i feel that they should understand what can be done and who can do it effectivey, they do not need to know the fix for everything and how each and every process is carried out but to understand that equipment plays a bigger role in skiing than it does in probably any other sport
if you can't hit the ball straight in golf it is not the clubs fault it is how you hold it or swing it, if you can't make a turn well in skiing it could often be because the boot holds YOU in the wrong place....... you don't hold the boot in the wrong place!