Learn Barefoot Handle Passing
“Patience means self-suffering.”
“Cowards can never be moral.”
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.”
“Full effort is full victory.”
“Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes.
That way if he gets angry…he will be a mile away…and barefoot.”
How’s the season so far? I’m ready to see you set a new trick record. I have a question about a problem I have had for years. When I do front to backs (both 1 foot and 2 foot) the hand that I release to go to the back position is lazy and does not grab the handle in the back position. I have to make a second effort to get the handle. I almost always make the turn but the bad handle transfer makes for a sloppy turn. Even when reaching for the handle is the ONLY thing I think about before the turn, that darn hand does not go all the way for the handle. Only after a second effort to grab the handle do I ride away backwards. This makes f to f 360′s almost impossible. I have done 1,000,000 turns on dog paws and do not have even a hint of a lazy hand!! The problem is only when barefoot. Should I just live with sloppy turns (there are no points for good style!) or is there some drills I can do? Drills? Dry land practice? Exercises? Brain surgery? Ect… It seems I have tried everything. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO MAKE MYSELF REACH FOR THE HANDLE AND CLEAN UP MY TURNS? I need a miracle.
Your old friend,
Mark, you are definitely not alone and this is a great question. I have always believed that with all barefooting, “it is not the surface turn that is difficult, only the starting and ending positions that are difficult.”
I actually see this problem a lot in advanced skiers. The solution is in the position. I would be very suspicious of your starting position, your and your http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/info/ne6.htm
This is the single biggest problem that attributes to a What is really happening to you is that when you are getting to the back position, you are not in a position. Instead you are temporarily vulnerable because you have that comes from keeping the pull in your hips.
The fact that you can take another swipe at the handle tells me several things;
#1 Your eyes are up-very good.
#2 You have good balance-very good
#3 You are standing high with your upper and lower body-the opposite of very good.
#4 Your legs are wide!… THIS is a killer of all that is good in the correct position.
#5 You have practiced perfecting this problem until it has become comfortable to turn this way-I know you are not happy about it, but you have trained it into your subconscious-not good.
Here is another great rule that I try to live by for myself and my students:
NEVER MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE MORE THAN THREE TIMES IN A ROW!!!!!
“But Lane Dawg,” you ask, “I never TRY to repeat the same mistake!”
I understand your intentions are good, but the problem is that “practice does not make perfect…it makes permanent.”
If you repeat your mistake without getting results, change it to or even Go to where you can be in your happy place. You need to build the correct muscle memory without beating your body until it expects to repeat the same mistakes. http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/trainingaids.html#
Let me get back to solving this problem.
#1 Always make sure to turn at or below the PERFECT position
95% of the people who do surface turns start too high and turn too high!
“Live low and prosper.”
#2 I always try to keep my chest out and my shoulders back during all my skiing. Keeping my shoulders behind my butt during the entire set-up for the or is critical.
You are very likely to be bending forward [and letting your hips go back] as you go into your turn.
By keeping your shoulders back and your hips forward you keep the pull in the hips which makes you twice as powerful. When you bend over and let your elbows get away from you, the pull goes from your hips to your shoulders and you are no longer in control.
If you review my articles on the Front to back and One-foot Turns you will find my tips on keeping the handle in close to your body. http://www.thefootersedge.com/equipment/info/ne15.htm
#3 It takes a lot of concentration, but it is critical for me to keep my chest expanded forward in between my elbows so that my elbows and chest do not get separated in my set-up.
Try using a small Gatorade bottle next to your cup as you practice these turns. If you can keep it without dropping it, you will be well on your way. I also like to squeeze my armpits into my ribs once I am in the correct position so that when I finish the turn, my handle is close to my body!
#5 I never stop working to push my butt towards the handle and squeezing my hip flexors. This cannot be over stated!
#6 Reduce the practice time and aggravation by 87.2% and come down to paradise where miracles are made!
I have greatly reduced the amount of time that I teach, but it is still possible to those who are serious about their success.
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