Sure, why not, Chuck. Go ahead and try it. No harm in trying!
But as I've already replied in your original thread (Driving the skis?)
, regarding your video clip, SSG and I will disagree on this point of fore-aft. I do not see your "aft" position at that moment in your video clip as necessarily a mistake. Please read the other thread (just click on the link) for my justification.
Furthermore, if you want your skis to carve their best, in any
part of a turn, you need to center the pressure over their "sweet spot." It is another long-standing myth, in my opinion, that you should focus your pressure on the forward half of your ski(s) if you want them to carve. The tail needs to bend too!
Indeed, pressuring the tip at the beginning of the turn was helpful on old skis (and still today) if you wanted to get the tails to drift out. It made turn initiations "easier" only if skidding at the start was what you were trying to accomplish (it often was, and sometimes still is). It remains a way to tighten the arc of a turn--but not by improving the carve! Tip pressure (and its obverse--tail "non-pressure") makes the tips dig in and bend more, but it makes the tails relax their grip and straighten out.
Keep in mind that, even if you just want to maintain the pressure centered over the sweet spot, not "forward," you will still need to move your body (center of mass) vigorously down the hill ahead of your feet to accomplish it, as the skis both accelerate (increase speed) and tip downhill to match the hill angle as they approach the fall line. It's like the athletic "dive" forward needed to remain in balance as you explode down the steep start ramp of a race course. I suspect that this forward movement
is often mistaken for forward pressure
, contributing to the long-standing myth.
Even 15 years ago, before the revolution of "shaped" skis, World, World Cup, and Olympic Champions Phil and Steve Mahre were adamant about this point. "You have to move vigorously forward as you start a turn," they would say. But I recall a conversation with Steve about the distinction between moving
fore and aft, and pressuring
fore and aft. "Probably 90% of my forward motion at the start of a turn is to remain in balance on my skis
," Steve said, "and maybe 10% is to move the pressure point slightly forward." Even on the old long "straight" skis, the need to pressure the tips a lot to enter a turn was more mythology than reality (at least by default)!
I urge you to question everything, as always, but in particular, question and test the "conventional wisdom" that you need to "pressure foward," "bend your boots," "balance on the balls of your feet," "drive your knees forward into your boot cuffs," "pressure your ski tips (exclusively)," or anything similar, by default, in carved turns.
Skis carve cleanest pressured on the sweet spot: