There are a lot of theories out there about the right way to ski. One of the things I have started thinking a lot about is “Make it look boring”. However you do it => when things feel less frantic I think you are on the right path. When you make 35 look like (feel like) 28 you are on the right path.
I was coaching my nephew when he got a new ski a month or so ago. When he did what I told him to do (whatever it was) he said “that is boring”. He had been enjoying his own radical “hair on fire” style. What he did not immediately grasp is that when he made 32 off boring 35 off was doable. I spend a lot of time trying to make 35 feel like the balls are narrow and the boat is going slow. Those skills will result in more 38s and shots at 39
The other thing I am trying to better understand is intensity. “Light on the line” was a big buzzword a few years ago. I never really understood. It seemed that if I skied easier I would ski ball to ball. I could run a few 35s with crazy light input but I always felt that I was skiing on egg shells and on the verge of falling at every other ball.
What I have found this year is that I can take all the angle I need by doing less (moving less with my upper body) at the ball and then just make an effort to not lean any harder than needed across the wakes. Everything else the same => just trying to not break the rope. I have heard this a million times before but this year it finally clicked. It is actually freaking hard to get myself to do it consistently.
Going harder to make more space sounds like the right idea but it leads me down a bad rabbit hole. I think this is the opposite of what Mapple teaches. Clearly Andy is the GOAT but I cannot get my head around his approach. If any of who have skied a lot with Andy want to chime in that would be awesome.