Below are two conflicting theories. I am not sure if one is correct and one is wrong or if I simply misunderstand all of it. For clarity I am only talking about going to 1/3/5. I am RFF so the second theory is especially mind bending going to off side.
Going to 1/3/5 - from the wakes to the ball line the skier should attempt to keep his/her center of mass as far to the right as possible. I have heard this referred to as “staying on top of the ski” or “staying tall off the water with level shoulders”. The logic is that resisting the urge and forces to move to the inside (left) will keep the ski on flatter roll angle and point away from the wakes longer. The result is a longer and wider path to the ball.
Going to 1/3/5 from the wakes to the ball line the skier should attempt to commit to the inside edge of the ski early. Conversations about this idea usually include “moving hips forward and left during and after edge change”. Best as I can gather this idea is about drawing a faster/shorter line to maximum width and a more continuous arc.
I try to ski with the first theory and the second seems wacky but have heard some darn smart slalom guys promoting the second idea. Am I just confused?