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tipping the ski involves "torque" as well as turning it does
Aha! Torque is a twisting force. We make a distinction between torque which is around the transverse plane (tipping twist) and torque which is around the frontal plane (pivoting twist).

[Bob, to call pivoting turning confuses the issue, because generally we reserve "turn" for the change in line direction. I think we could gain greater clarity in operational definitions, given we are using English where one word can perform many tasks, by limiting each word to one technical task. This is by way of saying that I see Si's point now...]

It comes down to this, doesn't it: a good skier should be able to both pivot and tip, but all things being equal, tipping is superior to pivoting because it is more dynamic. It is a GO movement, whereas pivoting is a STOP movement.

Your thoughts?

[ June 18, 2002, 06:46 AM: Message edited by: nolo ]
post #32 of 33
You are right on. a skilled skier should be anle to not only do it all, but at will, any snow, any terrain.

One thing that seperates the skill sets of great athletes from good ones (Tiger vs. rest of PGA) is their ability to "move their groove" to produce different outcomes at will. They do these by adjusting their skill blend a little, or a lot, yet they maintain their flow and integrity of their movements (in the groove, or zone). Changing their prefered movement pattern doesn't reduce their performance level.

In the Olympic GS I was amazed by the extreem redirection thru the edge change the racers were required to use to stay in the cranky course. The best adjusted easilly and kept their momentium, but some clearly hacked their way through, way out of their movement comfort zone.

My preferance is to tip and "go", but when needed I can "slow" without giving up movement flow.
I can use whatever rotary I need to, but with awarness of how much and when and why.

It's not about how good is your favorite turn, but maybe how good is your least favorite?

[ June 28, 2002, 09:42 AM: Message edited by: Arcmeister ]
post #33 of 33
Good advice Mr. Arcmeister........."its not about
how good is your favorite turn, but maybe how good is your least favorite". Same goes for most things we do in life. Just because one can sell
ice-water in hell sure doesn't mean one is a
salesperson. People really wanting to pump up
the ski teaching business should read "How to
Become a Rainmaker" by Jeffrey J. Fox. It's a
quick and easy read that puts a great spin on
how to be successful with customers.
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