I assume most of you are like me….when “The Water Skier” arrives in the mail, it either gets a quick glance or a 10 second flip through before getting tossed on the coffee table where it sits for a few months before finally getting thrown in the trash. I had some time yesterday where I actually went through the May/June copy and read it for a change.
I was pleasantly surprised to find 3 very good articles – one of which discussed a key, but often overlooked point of view on the driver/skier relationship. A great driver can give very useful feedback simply by being aware of what the skier is doing on the other end of the rope (not to mention being a much more consistent driver). The vast majority of drivers, even the good ones, lack the keen sense of awareness that is critical to being a great driver.
I became aware of this years ago when I received some of my best coaching from my favorite driver when he never looked in the mirror, all in a similar manor to what Brian described. It was uncanny the level of feedback he provided – all by paying attention to when and how the skier loaded the boat. Unfortunately, this a rare skill and the majority of drivers are largely oblivious to what’s going on outside of reacting to keep the boat somewhat straight.
Anyway, it is a great perspective on the driver/skier relationship that is usually overlooked. Well worth taking the time to read and apply. May/June 2015 p. 42
Great job Brian!
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