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Balance focus thought

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Mike Hafer and Mike Iman both mentioned this in recent clinics to create an image for us.

Get in a good athletic stance (note I didn't say hip width, shoulder width, etc) look down at your feet and draw an imaginary circle that goes around your feet, about where the front of your binding toe piece to the heel piece. Keep your CM in this circle. You can think hips, body, or whatever works for you is fine. Take that circle and move it through your turn. You can imagine the circle might be like a plate or snow saucer. It will tip up on edge and bank through a turn and return to pass under you as you transition through to the next turn. By keeping balance focused on being in the center of this circle, your balance adjustments begin to get more precise and quicker. then make the circle smaller and smaller for even a more precise movement.

More food for thought.

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So the circle stays perpendicular to the base of the foot as edge angle is added? In other words it tips up with the ski? And your to keep CM in perpendicular alignment with the face of that tilted circle?

If so, that would kind of necessitate the exclusive use of hip angulation and/or full inclination. Any knee angulation would serve to move CM out of perpendicular alignment with the base of the foot/ski, and thus out of the circle.

In truth, so would hip angulation, just not as severely as knee angulation would. The only way to keep dead nuts center circle would be through the use of full body inclination only.

[ April 07, 2004, 12:14 PM: Message edited by: FastMan ]
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Not necessarily. That's why the circle works. you can move around in that circle but it's a focus not a really a goal. You might even get outside that circle (Often I might add) but move back to center. Try drawing that circle and see how much you can move and still stay inside it. Also, repeating, it's your CM that you are trying to keep in the circle. with the movement of angulation, hip or knee, your CM will still be in the center of that circle even if your hip moves outside to the left and your shoulder/head move to the outside to the right. With the skis on a very high edge angle, (one leg short other long) your hip might be almost touching the ground, but if your CM is in that circle, snow/terrain pushing back, you should be in balance. You might want to be in the front of that circle to keep "ahead" of your feet but you get the idea.


[ April 09, 2004, 10:20 PM: Message edited by: dchan ]
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