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# The 10,11,12,1,2,1,12,11 Drill

I came up with a new focus this morning, while working on gradually moving my shin pressure on my boot from 10 to 2 on a clock face.

Do long radius turns  and think (or say) "10,  11, 12, 1, 2, 1, 12, 11" focusing on smoothly moving the pressure up and down the clock face.  It keeps you from losing contact between 10 and 12 for example.  Or pausing.

I found that I went smoothly from 2 back to 1, but that there was a pause, a hitch between 10 and 11.  By focusing on eliminating this I made the transition from left to right turns much better very quickly.

With shorter turns it's more like "1, 2, 3, 4"  (or "10, 12, 2, 12")   This all just flowed into the movement without the numbers.

Works great, makes for smooth constant motion and transitions.
Very similar to my "click, click, click" drill....

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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz

I came up with a new focus this morning, while working on gradually moving my shin pressure on my boot from 10 to 2 on a clock face.

Do long radius turns  and think (or say) "10,  11, 12, 1, 2, 1, 12, 11" focusing on smoothly moving the pressure up and down the clock face.  It keeps you from losing contact between 10 and 12 for example.  Or pausing.

I found that I went smoothly from 2 back to 1, but that there was a pause, a hitch between 10 and 11.  By focusing on eliminating this I made the transition from left to right turns much better very quickly.

With shorter turns it's more like "1, 2, 3, 4"  (or "10, 12, 2, 12")   This all just flowed into the movement without the numbers.

Works great, makes for smooth constant motion and transitions.

It's 11 and then 1 that seem the most important.

Seems that 11 is the edge change from L to R and 1 is the edge change from R to L turns.

True?
If this works, that's great, but now that I look at it, I'm kind of lost.  Are you talking about the clock face as where your ski is in the arc or what your shins are doing against the boot tongue?

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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz

It's 11 and then 1 that seem the most important.

Seems that 11 is the edge change from L to R and 1 is the edge change from R to L turns.

True?
shins on boot tongue.
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Originally Posted by SkiRacer55

If this works, that's great, but now that I look at it, I'm kind of lost.  Are you talking about the clock face as where your ski is in the arc or what your shins are doing against the boot tongue?

Imagine that you look at your boot from directly up and that there
is a clock there with 12 midday pointing straight forward of the ski.

This could translate to 0 degrees. 3 oclock is 90 degrees, 9 oclock is 270 degrees.

So he is tipping his shin to the side equivalent to 1 oclock on the clock face.

Of course, 10 and 2 are pretty acute angles and you really wanna carve short
with those!

I will try this visualation in my next outing! In which I actually will try
railroad tracks at higher speed, so it should work great!

Thanks for sharing.
MasterGoa please use caution in mixing drills you find here. To make the best use of a drill it must lead you to a desired goal. The path to this goal must be clear  and take the time to ask how , when  and why to use these drills.
Ask the person what he expects you to feel or learn from this drill and where it is leading you towards. Some drills explore inefficiencies and some do the opposite and you need to understand that intention to get the most information out of your use of the  many drills created and used as great teaching/learning tools.
Gary the focus here is on continuous shifting of pressure to the skis instead of jerking from turn to turn.  It also focuses the skier on not holding on to a traverse during a turn by the need to constantly be shifting up and down the clock face.

How is this something you needed to warn someone about?