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Giving Skiing Advice to the Wife

xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
My wife is fastly approaching the point where I don't think it is a good idea for me to give advice.

Not just for the obvious that advice is never as well taken from a husband, but because I really don't know what the heck to tell her!

She has progressed this summer from using the drop ski to now doing deep waters. She has started to not just ride the ski flat behind the boat and across the wake, actually starting to get the ski on edge. Of course she is flattening the ski out before the wakes....

Yesterday she insisted I ride along and tell her what she was doing wrong but like I said I have no idea on how to give her advice on how to progress her skiing.

So what should I be doing with her? I'm going to try and get her out for some time with @MS this week if I can get a hold of him. But if anyone else has gone through teaching the better half to ski I'd take some help. She all ready loves to ski but I can tell she isn't content to stay at her current level.


  • JoepruncJoeprunc Posts: 262 Baller
    Compliment, compliment, compliment, followed by ONE thing to work on, compliment, compliment.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,181 Mega Baller
    edited August 2013
    Well, that depends on her personality. If she is the competitive type, tell her she is pulling like a girl. If she isn't competitive, tell her that her hair looks sexy when it's wet.

    Seriously, hips hips hips. Newbies sit down on the ski without exception, so have her work on skiing with hips up at all times. It will be easier for her to master the rest of the stuff if this is second nature.
  • estromestrom Posts: 512 Baller
    Have her watch a bunch of Seth's youtube videos. He has some good stuff for beginners on up and then it's not coming from you!
  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    @AB she isn't super competitive but I will say last summer she claimed to be content just going flat behind the boat....this past weekend after finding out what the edge of her ski does it was "Ugg I want to keep going and get confident with the edge but I'm so tired I can't"

    She did admit to thinking the wake was "scary" and she said that was why she was stopping the turn early and losing her edge.
  • scuppersscuppers Posts: 448 Baller
    @xrated - Way wrong site to ask for advice on how to coach/give advice to your wife. You're on very shaky ground. Best way - let someone else do the coaching. Seriously - even if it starts out great and she is receptive and eager to learn - huge potential down side - why risk it?
    Chuck Link, Deland Florida
  • WishWish Posts: 7,893 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I've coached several significant others to water and snow ski. What @Joeprunc said. She may say that she wants you to tell her what she is doing "wrong" but I'm thinkn a few "this is what your doing right" with "and don't change that great form" goes a looooooong way. Seth S YouTube vids are great as said above. Great drills to do and that's where she is at. Drills. Cool thing is that they are/can be measurable for progress rather then chasing buoys and getting frustrated. . Even better, once she has learned the drills and starts doing them, video her so she can see her progress and what she is doing RIGHT. Wish I could have had access to them back when.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,826 Mega Baller
    First - mention what she is doing right and re-enforce it. Only offer advice once per set and then approach it delicately. I have typically tried to phrase an item to work on with a question like - Honey, do you think you were straightening your front leg on that turn? Did you start the turn a little late? One of those per set will go a long ways, and when they realize your trying to help them, they will be up for more advice, maybe even asking for it. But that is where I stop - I'll let another person coach my wife beyond the two or three things that I say.
  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    Thanks guys i will pull up some videos for her this week. No worries about chasing buoys, that I believe her when she says she has no desire.

    So far I've done a good job at complimenting, but she will soon get past the point where my hack skills will be of use for giving advice so the videos should help.
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