Originally Posted by tdk6
Getting forwards enough is a big problem for me but how exactly do you suggest I get more forwards? More delta angle? More forward lean in boots? More forwards flex in boots? More shin pressure? More ancle flex? More hips forwards? More bending at the waist? More arms forwards? More curving of the back? I think that Im much more forward now than I was 3y ago.
I have been skiing with my feet very close all my life and thats why I have been trying to widen my stance when I practise because when I ski default my stance is very close. But maybe I need to just let go of the wider stance even for drills. The stance width is offcourse coupled to many things. Do you think closing my stance will help me with my weeker inside half? And do you think it will help me with my week inside ski tipping? And are those two the same thing? Take a look at next video from this year were I walk back up the slope to film my own tracks. I think its very interesting to see that turning right both skis carve but turning left my inside ski skidds. You can see the same thing happenin in the original video as I pass the camera in slowmotion.
Getting forward can be really tough without being there in person. For me I had to add a ton of toe lift to my setup, but I have much shorter legs than you. Someone Of your size may need more forward lean or cuff angle to make it happen. Without seeing the results in person, the best you might be able to do it trial and error and then view video of the results (or have someone else view it). Bud gave you a really good picture below of what proper boot setup can do for you and what improper setup will do to you. As you change your boot setup you may also be forced to change your mounting position on your skis. If you take on more forward lean/delta/zeppa, you may find yourself moving back on the ski to stay over the sweet spot.
Honestly, I don't think I've ever considered your stance too narrow (unless it was so narrow that it was prohibiting foot movement). You look like a tall, thin guy, so I wouldn't expect that your stance would look extremely wide. I think you should just let it be where it wants to be naturally and not try to make it narrow or wide. Manipulating your stance width is the first step to putting yourself out of balance. I think that fixing your stance and letting it be what it needs to be is the definite first step to correcting your inside half, ski tipping, and lateral balance (as shown in your tracks). I think I also mentioned way back when you originally posted your ski tracks thread, that your alignment still looked soft (too far inside). When changing your lateral alignment it will feel uncomfortable at first - but stick with it for several days before changing back. FWIW, your left leg looks worse than your right, but both seem to be off still.
For forward balance drills - [assuming correct setup] - try standing stationary as if you're about to start sliding (somewhat athletic, but still standing tall) and push your feet behind you to create some ankle flex. See if you're able to maintain this once you start sliding. In my first post I suggested that you think about what you'll have to do to maintain this. Your answer will be somewhere in the realm of holding the feet back, or pulling the feet back if you let them run in front of you, etc. They key however will be to start with and maintain a hips forward position over the skis - this is not easy (trust me). If you have to move out of this position in order to make your turns [make the skis work] it is a sign that your boot setup or mounting point are not dialed in properly and is not allowing you to stand over the sweet spot of the ski in a hips forward balanced position.
See Bud's comments below:
Originally Posted by bud heishman
If I may answer your question to Helluva before he chimes in here.... Provided your set up is close for proper alignment the idea of carrying the hips a bit more forward as a neutral stance helps keep you in a position of power, meaning you can crush the tongue of your boot whenever you want whereas, if your neutral stance is a bit aft with your hips, any effort to flex the boot tongue will move your hips more aft rather than flex your boot tongues.
Of course, these movements drastically affect where the pressure is on your skis. Another thought when flexing is to move the hips more laterally than vertically which drops your bum over your tails.