@brooks @matthewbrown @Sethski
A few years ago I skied with one of the most famous skiers the world who explained to me the advantages of trailing arm pressure. The explanation at the time was that going to one ball if I had more pressure in my left hand at the wakes my center of mass would naturally move forward. (Going to 2/4/6 it is my right arm) If you test this theory on dry land it is hard to argue with.
With intermediate level skiers I have seen trailing arm pressure help with body alignment and stability at the wakes.
Now the problem….. Is this a completely miss-guided approach for “shortline slalom”? I am totally guilty of preaching the trailing arm sermon but I do not think I ever really integrated it into my skiing.
I am now working to learn to carry more load in my leading arm. As I am working on my own connection skills I am finding that I need to be aware of my right arm & shoulder going to 1/3/5.
My assumption is that the whole trailing arm idea was either misunderstood or misguided from the start. I need more load further from the second wake and the only way I think I can do it is with leading arm pressure.