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Please comment on my technique, if you would be so kind.

SpeshSpesh Posts: 93 Baller
edited October 2012 in Technique & Theory
Ok, I needed to pluck up a bit of courage to post this on here, as most of the vids I see are of guys ripping through balls on seriously short lines. But, I guess if you don't ask, you don't get.

I started skiing two years ago and have got to the stage where I'm just starting to shorten. I'm regularly skiing 3,4,5 balls at 22off/58kph, however, there is much room for improvement with my technique and I feel I have a long way to go. I have not really had any real coaching, aside from the odd training day and tips from other club members.

Anyway, I was hoping if I posted a vid here, people would be able to give me a few pointers that I could focus on over the winter season. I'll let the video do the rest of the talking......



  • danbirchdanbirch Posts: 301 Baller
    edited October 2012
    Good Job! Keep on it, and you'll continue to improve. The one thing I notice is that sometimes, when you come into your offside pull/load (out of 1,3,5, Especially 5 ball), you lead a little with your shoulders. This could lead to a nasty header if you aren't careful. I'd try to work on coming out of 1,3,5 in better balance, shoulders squared to the boat a little more. Again, keep up the great work!
  • eyepeelereyepeeler Posts: 170 Baller
    Great skiing! Very even, symetrical, and smooth. You just need time on the water.
    Matt Dillon
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,546 Mega Baller
    You are letting up slightly right before you get to the wake. That is the point where you need to increase and hold your lean. The maximum intensity is right behind the boat. Get after it and you will be surprised how much easier it is.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,184 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Nice skiing. Agree with Bruce's comments.
    Out of 1,3,5 in particular but some out of 2,4,6 your hips are trailing and separated from the handle. If you could get those hips up to "stacked" position, you will have more effortless leverage and will be surprised at how fast and easily your ski accelerates. You could either think about getting your hips up, sticking your chest out which will bring the hips up, keeping your elbows tight to your sides...all different ways of trying to get you up to stacked.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,510 Mega Baller
    These guys have nailed it. There are a lot of ways to think about getting and holding more leverage -- several good ways are above. In my case, one of the consistently most powerful is to think about leaning my upper body away so that it's (almost) lined up with the rope. That indirectly gets the handle down and makes it easier to stay down.

    Stay on the trajectory you're on now and you'll be deep -35 before you know it!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,077
    One thing that might help with that is how you start your pull out and gate glide. You're gliding with your arms out. Where you start there is where you will ski the entire pass, for the most part. Roll out with the elbows into the vest and the handle down. Roll up into your glide and keep that inside arm pinned against the vest with the handle in relaxed downward position. Then when you make your gate turn, the handle will just slide from one hip to the other. You'll have a much better chance at keeping the handle low and in when you start that way. You'll notice that when you get the handle in and connected, the boat moves you forward in the glide as opposed to you falling back and being pulled into center in the glide.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • SpeshSpesh Posts: 93 Baller
    edited October 2012
    Thanks a lot for all the responses guys. Everything here makes sense, I just need some time on the water to put it in to practice.

    I just got back from the lake today, where I have been working on closing my shoulders off to the boat a little bit more. I think I am too open on my 2-3 side and also through the gate. I have to say this really helped a lot. It made it easier for me to get my hips up to the handle and made me stronger against the boat. I found myself in areas of the course that I am not used to being in and had lots more time at the bouy.

    Addressing Bruce's point, I've also noticed that it puts me in a postion where I can't really let up too early. I actually have to wait for the boat to physically release me, which I'm sure must be a good thing (certainly feels like it's working).

    Anyway, employing this new technique, I managed to ski straight through 22off and midway through 28, which is a first for me (only at 34mph though).
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,203 Mega Baller
    @spesh - where do you ski ?
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • SpeshSpesh Posts: 93 Baller
    @richarddoane - I ski at a small club in the UK called the Wiremill.
  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,344 Mega Baller
    you look like you come in and out of the buoy with your hips a little behind you, your ski will turn better and your pull will feel better if you can push your hips underneath yourself
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