What do you need to change next year

HortonHorton Posts: 26,530 Administrator
I just got done editing some photos of me skiing and I have to say there is some stuff in there that makes me pretty unhappy.

I am not sure how I am going to fix it but I am going to re-invent my on side turn next year. No more butt dragging - tip in the air and scaring the boat driver at on side.

What do you think you need to fix?

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  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,025 Crazy Baller
    Stack position and front foot pressure.
    That should keep me busy most of the summer...
    Staying injury free also!
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,620
    This summer I want to learn to be more centered on the ski everywhere but mostly through the turns. I now have the setup that allows decent mobility so its time to make use of it.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,385 Mega Baller
    Mine is maintaining width and connection to the boat in my glide before the gates. My angle into one ball is the differentiator between completely smoking the pass and not getting past two ball. I'll do this by pointing my ski/belly button to 11:00 and getting my arms extended to allow me to ski away and then turn under them.

    After that, it is moving my right hip up and away as I transition into that edge change going to one ball. It is the difference between just rolling from one edge to the other to ski directly at the ball (bad) or getting the ski to move forward/outbound and on a trajectory that creates space before the ball (better).

    Third is to get good body extension, good reach, and straighter legs into the preturn on my onside (1,3,5). That will allow me to carry more speed into the turn, so I do not force the finish and crush into the ski at hookup.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 386 Crazy Baller
    I need to work on my gate and my stack. I could make most of my gates this year, but my execution was far from consistent. That is going to start to catch up to me sooner rather than later I believe.

    Oh yea; I also need to get involved in the tournament scene next year.
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 400 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Rising over the front of the ski more in preturn, pushing forward with the right hip, and flexing that front ankle forward that way you can keep moving forward all the way through the turn.
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,343 Mega Baller
    Where do I start? Too many to list! Maybe work on less movement, staying centered over ski and keeping head vertical on good side turn.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,080 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited October 2016
    @horton we have the same issue. I will work on what you said. It will help me meet my other goal of working behind the boat rather than too much off the backside of the turn.
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,253 Mega Baller
    1 - Connected and tall before the gate turn-in.
    2 - Stacked over (like almost ahead of) my front foot on all accelerations.
    3 - Connected beyond the edge change out to the apex.
    4 - Vision downcourse and see myself ride the ski back inside the 135 and 246 line to connect (that means "stay level and don't turn my head"). Repeat starting at #2.

    Made some progress this year thanks in part to the D3 ARC yellow and the above.
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,322 Mega Baller
    I was skiing with Chet a few years ago now and sitting in the boat while he coached my dad, I can't remember if it was as I was getting in the water or after a pass or two but I said should I be trying to do what you were having him do. His response was I'm giving you your own lesson, don't steal his lesson. This discussion seems like an excellent way for everyone to accidentally steal everyone else's lesson.
  • chrisroddychrisroddy Posts: 27 Baller
    edited October 2016
    Lose 15lbs
    Hit the gym for some resistance and core training
    Keep my knees healthy
    Get some formal coaching
    Oh yeah.. get 6 balls.

    That is the list for me. Hope this thread resurfaces next year to hold me accountable.
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 845 Mega Baller
    Better yet, what's your plan for getting where you want to go? Do the same routines and hope it happens next year?
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,968 Mega Baller
    I'm with @OB1. Ski more than 50 sets. I know I didn't get over 50 this year...
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,786 Mega Baller
    edited October 2016
    My back. MRI showed nothing and I have a follow up with the back guy to figure out why my back hurts every day. Not debilitating disk pain but it makes it hard to ski and sleep. Already hitting the gym trying to lose some weight and strengthen the core.

    I have had two years wasted. I am hoping to figure it out and get back on the water next year.
    Mark Shaffer
  • raynrayn Posts: 376 Baller
    Transfer what I learn in Florida to skiing up north. Don't get all up in my head.
    Ray Newmark -
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,023 Mega Baller
    Get my left rotator cuff fixed.
    Get the carpal tunnel/de quervain's in my left wrist fixed.
    Lose 60.

    Running into mid-35 with all of the above, even at slow times in practice, was a major accomplishment!
  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
    I need to find a way to ski more than 4 passes a set. Rarely can I get in 6. Problem I have is my rear foot cramps up to point that I can no longer ski. Sometimes I pull my foot out for a bit to rest. But putting the binding back on in the water is a pain and doesn't help. It's not binding size as I already use a size larger than I can fit in. If I go larger I cannot ski. Have tried a variety of other systems but the only bindings that I can ski well on are the d3 leverage. It's been a awhile since ive experimented and have not tried any new systems. Hopefully 2017 I will find something.
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Ski more tournaments
    Jim Ross
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 960 Mega Baller
    Get my ski to feel in the summer the way it does now in the colder water. The colder it gets, the better it feels.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,016 Mega Baller
    +1 to following the advice of the SuperChicken
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • Fehlindra Fehlindra Posts: 222 Baller
    1. Vax top layer on my pink 16 Vapor rly shiny and put it on the wall
    2. Buy a new ski Quest45 -16 or-17 depends on color or maybe Goode tx/Rev6
    3. Get past 3 ball
  • Ralph LeeRalph Lee Posts: 492
    Get some coaching and get light!!
  • chris55chris55 Posts: 304 Solid Baller
    Visualize and repeat before going to ski and, when skiing ...stop thinking in the same time while skiing. Since I just got 34mph at 15off this year, I will not list because I have to work on everything but one at the time.
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,253 Mega Baller
    @Chef23 - bummer about your back. Remember to keep your hamstrings, quads, and piriformis stretched out. Lot of back issues come from tweaked hips because of those muscle groups pulling when they are short/tight. I'm no PT, I've just got a s-ton of experience dealing with a myriad of injuries and aches and pains.
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,786 Mega Baller
    @jimbrake I do a lot of stretching but I am concerned that it could be some issues with my hip that flows up to my back. I have a follow up planned with the back guy and will follow with a PT if needed.
    Mark Shaffer
  • TallSkinnyGuyTallSkinnyGuy Posts: 539 Crazy Baller
    Get into good position coming out of the turn and then pull much harder than I have been this season. I made 15 off 34mph passes for the first time in my life during the past few weeks (have run it three times) and, after watching video of myself, realize that if I don't get a good stacked position and pull harder before the first wake I'm not going to be able to progress much further.
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,253 Mega Baller
    @Chef23 - sorry, that was a pretty weak suggestion anyway. I just hope you get it resolved, get some relief, and can get back to skiing!
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,948 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I'm in it for the fun...and I want more...that's right, Bro-tato chip.

    I need to shoot more 38's if I wanna run more of 'em. About 2 of 20 this year...good part of the year having fun but chasing settings hopefully more honed in out of the box next spring.

    Need patience, need to let the ski finish rather than trying to rip the back off of everything, take manageable angles, keep foot pressure on the ski longer while being connected. Ya know would help to bend my knees some...keep my head up, face down course, don't murder 2 and 4, quit jumping on the front at 1,3,5...don't hold onto stupid stuff no one should, try not to break a ski, hit at least two 6 round slalom tourneys, don't pull so stinkin' hard...read my post-season notes that have said the same crap for 5 years in a row...I think that's enough.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    Ski more get stronger be patient
  • skibugskibug Posts: 1,995
    I'm with @Horton and get off that pull to my onside (2, 4) so I am not falling back on slack out of the ball.
    Bob Grizzi

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