Tips Please! (Video)

brettmagbrettmag Posts: 31 Baller
Please provide some tips so I can get all six at 34 MPH. This is me getting 5/6 at 34 MPH 15 off. It's not super pretty and I can already spot that I need to be more stacked, but please provide constructive criticism. Thanks!


  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,321 Mega Baller
    Great job scrapping your way to the 5 ball and dodging the plane on the pullout. Through and through I would say you are a little back foot heavy, @Horton won't like me but I think it is from a bit of a stiff front leg. I would try to flex your front ankle/push your front knee forward over your front toes.

    Beyond that, there is only so much coaching that can be done at your hardest pass because once a mistake happens even things you do well can fall apart, video of an early pass that you think is symbolic of you at your best wouldn't hurt since it would give us an idea of what is going right and wrong consistently vs what is going right and wrong when your in full blown game mode.

  • brettmagbrettmag Posts: 31 Baller
    Thanks @RazorRoss3 I think you're right that I'm back foot heavy. Good tip!
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,733 Mega Baller
    I like that you wait for the boat and are patient at the conclusion of the turns! Keep that!

    Look at your gate glide stance. You are tall. Add the front ankle bend to that and you should be tall and more forward. You want to focus on moving your hips forward. That's the part that puts your center of mass over your front foot and really improves your weight distribution. Think that your goal is to make your ski ride more horizontally flat on top of the water (vs. tail deep down in).

    You want to be in this position before the pull out, during it, and during the glide. So, focus first on getting it right while riding before the pull out.

    Then, when it is time to go, just drive the hips towards 11-o'clock. Don't lean back to start the pull out; that will undo your COM forward stance. Point hips and edge out. This will result in being more forward during your glide, too!

    Once you can start forward and keep it all the way to the glide, then you can focus on the gate turn in. Here, the key is to start the lean tall. Point the hips to 1-o'clock and use the edge. Keep those legs strong and push to maintain this as the boat's force starts to build. Once you have this, the passes will start to feel like less work.

    That's probably enough for now, but the key is front ankle and still tall.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • brettmagbrettmag Posts: 31 Baller
    @ToddL that makes a lot of sense. really appreciate that! I'll work on that this weekend.
  • TFINTFIN Posts: 78 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Recognize that site @brettmag
  • brettmagbrettmag Posts: 31 Baller
    @TFIN it's a good one! Hope you can come ski it again sometime soon.

    Morgan mentioned your site in Texas is pretty awesome too.
  • wartwart Posts: 28 Baller
    First, nice skiing. I bet you are already in the 20% of skiers who slalom.

    @toddl has given you the fundamental body position to work on... drive hips towards 11:00 (or up towards the handle; can you make them touch?).

    Now let's add ski path. At 15-off you want to work towards skiing out pass the bouy line and then turn back towards the ball (where the new cutting edge of the ski almost clips down course side of the ball). Can you get 5 feet outside the bouy line? Then how about 10 feet? Or a crazy 15 feet?

    Two points here. One, don't ski to the ball... ski to go out and around. Two, this new path will be easier to ski (than ski to the ball and turn).
    However, without mastering @toddl's fundamental you can't achieve this ski path. (Well, at least not in control.) Or, the goal of skiing wider will make you focus more on your position behind the boat.

    Oh, and work on this ski path at slower speeds too. That is, generally, when skiers begin to run the course... those that are always working on wide and early progress quicker than those who just make it around the ball and then speed the boat up or shorten the rope.

  • brettmagbrettmag Posts: 31 Baller
    thanks @wart also really good tips. I do work on certain things at 30-32 MPH, which is what I'll do this coming weekend.
  • brettmagbrettmag Posts: 31 Baller
    Any other tips?
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,232 Mega Baller
    Let me float an idea: I think that if you can get a pull behind the plane your skiing will really take off.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,657 Mega Baller
    I would add be careful not to hit the plane as you add width to your pull out at the gates.
    Mark Shaffer
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