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offside pull drills

Looking for any tips/advice on working on my offside pull. Sorry, no video just yet, I'm working on that.

My issue is that I feel completely out of sorts and have no balance or confidence in my offside. I know the offside is tough for many and I've read a lot about position and I know I need to work on that a lot. I just feel like I can't get into a stacked position and feel completely out of control. I've tried pulling on a rope on dry land, not sure how helpful that is. I've read a lot about stacked position and skiing tall, I feel better about that on my onside but for whatever reason I can't "feel" it on my offside.

Someone recommended pull drills - pull out to either side with short rope and just practice pulling.

Any other tips or things to work on?

My onside pull is better, or at least I can do it reasonably well.

I don't know if it is in part just a confidence issue or if there is a way to feel more in control/balanced while pulling to my offside?

Any advice/tips/recommendations would be appreciated!

I know I need to work on video, I think that will help a lot, just trying to get the right set-up.


  • jimskijimski Posts: 605 Crazy Baller
    Sounds like another spray makers episode @Chris Rossi and @TFIN
  • GloersenGloersen Posts: 1,130 Mega Baller
    edited April 2020
    Opinions vary but:
    Drills (Gordon Rathbun's stand the test of time)!
    Focus on pulling (leaning) drills- should be able to stay outside buoy line at 14m at 30mph; focus on lean/balance/tight handle connection at core.
    Wake crossing drills - no point faster than 28mph if unable to edge through both wakes.
    Probably best to add two-hand turns to the wake-crossing drills. Many skiers drop hips and turn with upper body using 1 hand turns; hooking up too poorly to obtain a strong lean and risking OTFs. Two hand turns (especially offside) will enhance staying connected to the handle for width, not dropping the hips through the turn, turning hips/core/chest/shoulders more in unison, stronger hook-ups heading into the wake during offside hook-up (less OTFs).
    Drills aren’t fun at first, but become so and will yield more quality water time behind the boat.
    Gotta video yourself to track progress.

  • DockoelbotoDockoelboto Posts: 157 Baller
    @Gloersen thanks for the tips and videos! Very helpful, I'll practice those drills and really work on getting video going. I'm thankful to be able to have a lot of access to water so hopefully I can improve more this season.
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