Tim_miT made a nice point
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> Vk - when you say ski from your heart, not head, surely there needs to be a lot of theory and study to actually get the knowledge to do the task.
What i mean is, if you had never riden a bike before, and i said to you "just use your heart and you'll be fine", you wouldn't get real far. You would need to learn, practise, and perfect your style and technique before you could just ride along, acting on intinct and feelings alone <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
However, the other side of this is equally true, and I believe that is the point VK was trying to make. Once you have a sufficiently good understanding of the basic technique involved in a sport, once you know the governing principles, can recognize wrong movement patterns and realize when you made a mistake - at that point the mental aspects and 'feel' become much more important.
As I am not even remotely qualified to comment on ski technique, I can only try and put this in perspective giving tennis examples. In tennis, there are a few basic principles - keep your weight forward, keep knees flexed, meet the ball in front, anticipate the next shot, stay balanced and keep moving, keep your body still when making contact - which actually are surprising similar to good skiing
.Initially, I would practice them diligently, trying to follow a mental checklist on how to hit a backhand, for example. But once you do that enough, you begin to develop a feel for the game. That may be just a different name for ingraining a pattern in your subconscious, but I think its more than that. You develop court sense, learn your own body's limitations, get muscle memory, and no longer have to 'think through' each stroke. If I concentrate too much on how to serve hard and fast, its liable to fall apart. Instead, if I just 'let go' and trust myself, it just works. Sometimes you're just 'in the zone'.
And with any sport, the ultimate objective is to have fun. Precise technique usually helps achieve that, but its just a means to an end.
As my friend says, 'Forget the capillaries'
(and instead focus on the forest)
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 10, 2002 04:58 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Defcon ]</font>