|followed by a lack of locking the upper and lower bodies together
Nerd - That seems to hit home. I can tell you with certainty that my upper/lower body has not been locked. It feels uncoordinated as a result. I notice that I have to work very hard not to flail. The arms/hands come up high (around head level) and...well, I'm sure you can picture it...not pretty.
One problem that I've faced is that I dance competitively and spins in dance are not the same as I've come to learn. In dance, typically, the body (from the neck down) turns as far as it can (leaving the head in place spotting what will be the "landing") until the neck can no longer turn without the head. Then the head is whipped around with the body until you see the "landing" you were just spotting and the head stops. The body unwinds naturally and you're done.
I have been doing a pre-wind, but perhaps not enough. I will focus on that.
By the way, how much do you crouch down in preparation for the pop? I see some people crouch a lot and others hardly at all.
So, I'm coming up to a kicker and I pre-wind before I get to the lip. At which point to I unwind, pop, lock upper/lower body together, etc... I guess what I'm asking is can you give me a "count" or "play by play" I can memorize so that when I'm going for it, I can run it through my head before I hit the jump?
|Are you trying to lead your spin with your head?
Jay - no, I think I am waiting to go blind out of fear. I try to get everything else spinning except the head. See my bit about dance spins above.
Tetra and Drew - I'll definitely try spinning off of everyday things. I had been doing a bit of that, but will try the things that everyone here has suggested while doing do. I've never felt like I've nailed spins off of everyday things with proper technique either. I like the trampoline idea. I'll have to look around for an adult gymnastics outfit here in Dallas.