I never had the opportunity to have a experience the difference going from 36mph to 34 as I was stationed overseas for three years when I would have been moving to 34mph from 36. Now after 30 years of skiing 34, I am trying to adapt to 32mph and realize I can not achieve the supposed 6 buoy improvement per zero based scoring.
At slower speed I am getting about 4 more buoys, or in other words my official score has dropped 2 buoys. I was wondering if I was underachieving, so I Looked at everyone that moved to MENS7 in 2019 and compared to their scores the previous year in Mens 6. There were 22 individuals level 5 or above, with an average of 2.5 buoys lost, max gain of 7, max loss of 10!
I was surprised to see such a large variance, with level 7 and above decreasing more than those below. Now that I am curious I will take a look at the transition to 34mph, as age is likely more of a factor for us old timers in Mens7.