A real question for Brooks Wilson

HortonHorton Posts: 27,225 Administrator
edited February 2012 in Technique & Theory
@Brooks
What are you working on? Your own slalom. What do you think you need to improve to move up your score?
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  • brooksbrooks Posts: 195 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I'm always working on something, right now my focus is gates, I feel if I can get my consistency down there my scores will reflect that. I have felt myself taking a straight line at 1 which ultimately leads to taking speed down course as opposed to away and through the turn. When I can trust myself on the gate, I carry speed through my gate turn from a wider more down course place. This allows me to take an earlier line into one ball and results in less loss of speed as I make my turns. By carrying speed through passes I am able to stay up on the boat and don't get pulled to the inside. The big things I have been working on with students lately are making linking movements and carrying speed. Both of which allow you to work with the boat instead of fighting it.

    bottom line I need more bouys and nailing my gate is the first step to that happening
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,225 Administrator
    edited February 2012
    @OB I added the @Brooks to your post. That is the best way for him to know you care... or want him to notice your post
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  • rq0013rq0013 Posts: 552 Baller
    I was thinking about my gate and how i think i need to get my ski under/through the rope more, so I ski less at 1.

    Brooks will be turning heads this year.

    Good luck Brooks
    Rob Quetschke
  • brooksbrooks Posts: 195 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    i like pancakes too..

    @OB
    I would say you are definitely taking a straight line at 1 and that is what is causing you to be narrow. By waiting later to turn in you are forcing yourself to take a better line into one only if you maintain a good width on your pull out. By keeping the width and waiting later you force yourself to take more angle through the gate resulting in being more up course if you maintain connection off the second wake. I still think you should focus on being by the right hand gate ball. Also, I would encourage you, in practice, to hold your angle and not force yourself to make the gate. this will allow you to properly gauge how much later you need to turn in for the gate. Obviously in tournaments you want to make them but by trusting your angle and missing sometimes you can tell how much later you can turn in. I would also like you to try to build speed consistently from the turn in to the right hand gate ball as opposed to drifting and then going "hard" for a brief time behind the boat. by constantly building your speed you can unload your speed in the same way as opposed to dumping that speed in the turn.

    in reference to your "ideal" gate line that line would basically be 90 degrees and is impossible to attain. even if it was plausible it would load the line an insane amount and pitch you to the inside during your release. I can't tell you the perfect angle to take through the gate, it takes time and trial to figure that out. Hope this helps some, let me know if you need clarity in anything.

    @rq0013 that sounds like a good goal! developing that connection on the turn in is key to maintaining that direction. You were on the right track when I saw you in August. look forward to having you and Boomer down!
  • brooksbrooks Posts: 195 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    that's awesome Bruce, glad to hear. come back down to ski sometime!
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 6,028
    I like what you said about Linking Movements. Ties right in with what I heard Chad Scott tell Mueller about keeping his ski moving so he's not just standing there on his front foot staring at the buoy.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • brooksbrooks Posts: 195 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @shaneh yeah by linking your movements you allow yourself to constantly move out and not stand stagnant on your ski which forces you fast and inside.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,056 Mega Baller
    I think the old addage (PP) was a slow gate which is not in harmony with a ZO gate....
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  • brooksbrooks Posts: 195 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @AB I'm not sure what you're trying to say but with PP you could get away with "pulling" hard against the boat, with ZO the more you "pull" against it the harder it hits you in the other direction. That's why it is beneficial to build your speed continuously as opposed to loading hard
  • danbirchdanbirch Posts: 301 Baller
    edited February 2012
    Exactly... With ZO, your handle = the throttle.
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,291 Mega Baller
    I got to ski with Brooks yesterday. The guy has a gift for coaching. Great time too.
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • rq0013rq0013 Posts: 552 Baller
    ah yeah I think i have a problem with just standing on the ski because I always seem to be fast and narrow at -32.
    Rob Quetschke
  • brooksbrooks Posts: 195 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    very true dan, come back down some time! Thanks Dave always good to see you! carry that speed and direction rob! we'll get you dialed in may
  • danbirchdanbirch Posts: 301 Baller
    Thanks, Brooks! Your coaching is 1st class. I'm still working on your tips, and they are coming along. Hope to see you again soon.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,056 Mega Baller
    The meaning to a slow gate to me was a flatter turn in with the gradual buildup of resistance at the right gate... This gave me bad gates when I started skiing behind ZO last summer. When I turned in with more speed and built more even edge change and resistance, I wasn't getting throttled as hard around and after one ball. Realize I am probably 60 pounds heavier than most.
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  • brooksbrooks Posts: 195 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @AB what you're saying makes sense, now you are carrying speed through your turn in and building speed in the proper place

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