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Just one tip to stop breaking at waist.

TdubTdub Posts: 256 Baller
I have been skiing for decades (66 years old) and still love the sport and the people in it. I know my technique is marginal and breaking at the waist on my off side turn and lean is the culprit. I am left foot forward and ski on a Helix. Is there one little mod I can make to that ski to help my problem. I Know, I know it is my form but is there just one thing I can do to that ski to help? I never mess with the ski but I am willing to try. Any thoughts will be GREATLY appreciated.



  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,080 Crazy Baller
    Move your front binding 1/8" to the back. Or first make sure that you are not already forward than factory suggestion.
    Good luck,
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,854 Mega Baller
    I am sure there are many 1 things that can be done; but without any video, are you willing to risk that we suggest the correct 1 thing? ;-)
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • AjskierAjskier Posts: 95 Baller
    @Tdub, remember we just started skiing not long ago, so I am sure you still working into skiing shape. From the couple times that we have skied together this year, I think you are fine.
  • TdubTdub Posts: 256 Baller
    Thanks @AJ. Just getting a bit frustrated. And yes @ToddL, I am willing to try. And thanks @skialex I will check that out.
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    @Tdub -- I do the same thing and I'm 53. It primarily occurs because I let my shoulders go forward as I stomp on the tip. I've been told to keep my hips up -- doesn't work for me. My son tells me to keep my chest up, and that solves the problem.
    Jim Ross
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,805 Mega Baller
    @Tdub Do you mean you are suddenly getting folded over right as you want to initiate a turn at the ball? I have recently learned that that symptom can be caused by almost exactly opposite things: too little tip engagement or too much! For that reason, and others, video is probably the key to getting good advice.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,589 Mega Baller
    Don't settle, it can most likely be tuned out. Mr fin whisper @SKIJAY is doing video coaching for fin settings.
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,247 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    From the Goode site

    Adjustment Options

    Breaking at the waist on off-side turn

    Decrease front fin depth (Diagonal Adjustment)

  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    Not an uncommon problem; chest up is exactly what I do to solve it also
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
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  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 625 Solid Baller
    edited June 2016
    I'm 57 lazy'n'big. Started skiing at 55.
    Having the same issue.
    There is the only one thing that helps me:
    Most of boat drivers either do not say much or say: u cool man, for your age. keep on!
    But there is one who drives and coaching.
    Between passes, when I'm in the water he drives closer just to say: I do not see skier at the end of the rope, all I see is the plastic bag with rubish. Get out of the water if you do not want to work!
    (In fact he uses some other words not to be published :'( )
    And... it works! Really works!

  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,414 Crazy Baller
    @Tdub you specifically asked for a tuning tip to help the problem, and what @Jordan said is it.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • TdubTdub Posts: 256 Baller
    Thanks everyone. Two things. I will try to decrease fin depth and get some video next time out. Thanks to all. Cheers.
  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 583 Crazy Baller
    To be clear. I think the terminology is misleading on Goodes description.
    They say to decrease front fin depth.
    How we usually talk about this is decreasing fin length.
    Not overall depth.
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,815 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Counter rotate
    Shut up and ski
  • Fam-manFam-man Posts: 208 Solid Baller
    @A_B thanks for the excellent description and key points to drive movements
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,854 Mega Baller
    Again, this is for LFF 2-ball, offside.

    The other words I have heard/used for this same movement is to think about the right hip moving up and forward. When this happens, the shoulders move as described above. The goal is to get the COM more forward without using the shoulders only. Also, since it is an off-side turn, it is more difficult to maintain outbound motion. Thus, the counter rotation and shoulders comments above are legit. Try each method of creating/thinking about the desired movement. Hopefully, one of them will help.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • lcgordonlcgordon Posts: 282 Baller
    Just wondering what is the science behind decreasing fin depth? What does that do to make you not bend at the waste?
  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 625 Solid Baller
    edited June 2016
    One more advice which helped me
    Keeping elbows on the west works fine for me.

    I also found that muscles preventing break in the waist are not engaged enough in our normal live or other sports routine. They generally are weak if we do not ski on regular basis around the year.

    Hyperextentions and deadlifts (20-25 reps) with moderate weights it the gym helped me a lot to be more consistent during the set.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,854 Mega Baller
    @lcgordon fin length, not depth. There was confusing text above from the Goode site:
    "Decrease front of fin depth" = decrease in fin length.

    With the back of the fin's depth held constant, pushing the front of the fin up into the ski will result in reducing the total length of the exposed fin.

    (Fin depth refers to the depth near the back of the fin at the deepest part.)
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • lcgordonlcgordon Posts: 282 Baller
    @ToddL Thanks for that.

    Why does doing that help not break at the waist?

    Is this something that would be good for a beginner to do as well as working on form?
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,035 Mega Baller
    edited June 2016
    @lcgordon, I believe a fuller fin increases drag and may contribute to the ski stopping under you, thus causing your momentum to break you forward at the waist.

    You get a fuller fin when your overall fin length is increased. So, shortening the overall fin length (a.k.a "taking out some tip") would reduce drag.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • lcgordonlcgordon Posts: 282 Baller
    Got ya thanks for that.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,589 Mega Baller
    edited June 2016
    Helix info

    Increasing fin length w/out changing Distance from tail (dft) moves the leading edge (LE) forward which increases tip sensitivity. Moving the LE back will decrease tip sensitivity. But that's all assuming that tip sensitivity is causing your problem. You might not have the bindings in the optimal position. You might need more fin area.

  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,247 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Here is what Schnitz says on the topic:

    Breaking at the waist is usually an off-side turn problem. This can have 2 causes; too much tip or too little tip. Let me explain. When you have too much tip or too much front of the ski in the water, your ski will stop at the end of the turn. A common occurrence of too much tip is that the skier is very inconsistent on the off-side turns. When they get on the front, the ski stops so they begin to fear the turn and stay back. When on the back of the ski, it won't turn. But every once in a while, it turns OK. When you have too little tip or ski in the water, you will have to jump on the front of the ski to get it to slow down and turn. This jumping on the front puts your body in a vulnerable position. Once the ski hits it's “critical speed”, (the stall speed or the speed where the ski does not have enough lift to support the amount of pressure being exerted upon it) it stops, either throwing you out the front or causing you to break at the waist.
    Breaking at the waist on the on-side turn is usually caused by too much tip or front of the ski riding too deep. When this happens, the ski begins to turn slowly and then, towards the end of the turn, it grabs way too much angle and almost stops which can cause breaking at the waist.
    To correct these situations, some of the cures are moving the bindings back, taking out tip or adding depth
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,805 Mega Baller
    I'm not always the biggest fan of Schnitz's way of explaining things, but in this case I think he has really nailed it. It's important to figure out if it's a too-much-tip or too-little-tip scenario before you can start down a path that may help.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • motoskiermotoskier Posts: 39 Baller
    I have been battling this for about 35 years, run 35 off about 40% of the time (never easy), tried many different skis, always some issue with my off side. I know it is never the equipment but a few weeks ago I tried a new Connelly GT (on the suggestion from the best coach ever) , OMG cant do anything wrong on my off side. Hortons review said it was a very forgiving ski, he was very right.
  • chris55chris55 Posts: 401 Crazy Baller
    I started slaloming 2 years ago and it is my 3rd season and I was breaking at the waist on my off side turn (I am RFF). Buy pulling my outside shoulder arriving at the buoy and then the hip come around, not the arm for reaching to the handle, that help me a lot. Still working on it but when it is doing right, wow...I am a super skier, that is how I feel as a beginner(34mph at 15off)
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