I agree with both sides of this disussion. When I was told "lift your toes" it did nothing for me. Years later I figured out I need to lift the whole front of my foot. For me lifting my toes resulted in pushing down at the ball of the foot but nothing happened at the ankle except more tension. Dorsiflex the ankle was the real goal of the advice and if I try and lift the whole fore foot, bingo!
As to teaching beginners I'll side with WTFH. Over the holidays one of our central ed staff taught me skiing is spelled FUN. (Thanks Joe) I get 1-2 hours to get someone moving with enough control to enjoy sliding on green runs. What ever it takes is the right answer. Safely having fun comes first so the student sees skiing as something they want to do again, as opposed to something they did once. While I agree with you BigE, Dchan, and Heluva, and always try teaching sound technique first, if it doesn't click with a student fairly quickly I'll move on to trying something different, even if it dosen't fit the ideal path to high skills sking. Fortunately, most of the time, I have good success teaching flatten/tipping the ski to turn and students experience pressure change as a result.
Edited by KAZOOSKI - Thu, 05 Feb 09 17:48:07 GMT
Perfect example and well said.
Kazooski points out that it clicked later when he realized what the goal was and the lift the whole front of the foot does promote a proper movement.
the movement and task needs to be appropriate for the movement you are trying to correct. It has to be taught correctly and monitored. The instructor/coach needs to understand fully what is trying to be accomplished and be able to determine if it is working or being used properly.
The way the OP asked, It sounded like they were trying to understand the mechanics of why it works. Unfortunately it seems that everyone just wants to say why it's bad.