Disski, that's the scary part. There are instructors who think like Gonzo.
Gonzo Come on? I remember a night years ago playing hoops at the YMCA in Great falls when my foremen said to me, "Jesus Christ Blevins, you're just like horse shit, always in the road".
Nolo, I think the point all along was that our bodies have certain natural skills which we use, like in walking. We have to learn to use them in a different context. same natural skills and movements, different context. To me it's the difference between how something works and how we utilize how something works.
I think you are really on the money with begginers. That's where I keep going when I think of the practical applications of this knowledge having the greatest impact. this is where it's most obvious. The stuggle with equipment that begginers have to go through. Not that it's irellevant futher up the skill level. All of us have this struggle from time to time. Why not try ot elliminate or at least take the guess work out of this?
Balance feels natural to me. Skiing or otherwise. When I'm in balance skiing, or walking for that matter, I'm not feeling it, I just am, doing what I want to be doing, and I'm constantly moving doing these things when I'm in balance. When I feel something, when my body takes notice, is when I feel out of balance. When things are'nt quite right. There are root causes to this unbalanced state my body feels. Equipment is very definetly in the picture for me. Also technique. And the relationship between the two. Do my boots force me to look to bracing against them for some of my balance contact? If I'm bracing can I be constantly moving as required to balance? Too powerful of a ski can interfere with my bodies ability to balance also. So I've been paying attention to whats going on when I'm not in balance. What adjustments can I make to allow things to go into automatic. When I move into auto, thinking only disrupts the process. By really understanding this biomechanical process hopefully I will be able to better assess whats not right when I or my student says I don't feel balanced, or I can better determine if the equipment is playing a role in my movements or lack of movements, or in changing movements.
What adjustments can I make with my boots to change how my body reacts? What movements and responses help me stay rooted in the bottom of my boots? Do my boots allow me to stay rooted all through the turn or do they interfere, and force bracing at some point? None of this has been looked at enough in my oppinion. But then My oppinion and a buck will get you a lousy cup of coffee or an even lousier burger.
Short of a device like DM's, we have to work from the problem backwards. The more we understand, the shorter the work. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]