Saturday, May 27, 2006

left palm up...

right palm down, vice versa. I've never thought that it really mattered which way palm was up for slalom.
I have been converted. For left foot forward, right palm up and vice versa. After 10 years, I have switched and I regret not switching years ago. I used to have a strong pull through the wakes on my on-side, and only hope not lose pull on my off-side. After switching, I can get just as strong a lean in either direction. Running my hardest pass this morning was the official conversion event. I now preach opposite palm up to foot forward for all the new slalom skiers I teach. Let it be written, let it be gripped.

No pics yet,I'm waiting for Leah to email them to me.

2 comments:

Big Spray said...

Hmmm, I see where you are going... It is fair to say that it could be done either way... I think the real question of which arm position is the best is decided by whether one can achieve a stronger with the palm down or palm up.... Any very good slalom skier knows that back arm pressure (having a good yank one the releasing arm right at the begining of the edge change) is crucial to deep short line. My opinion is that the forearm muscle is the strongest muscle in the arm is best maximized in the palms up position. So my vote is old school rules and I will place of vote of No Confidence in Rykert's new arm switching rule. The truth though is that is prob. doesn't make a whole lot of difference... But without rules the mob would rule the earth and judgement day would be at hand! Booyakasha

Big Spray said...

I realized after writing my last post that my comment on the forearm being the strongest muscle is not true since the bicep is stronger, but I thinking about from the elbow to my fingers.... The point is that a palms up position definitely uses muscles differently then the palms down position. I'm worn out from thinking.... This is like the chicken and the egg question...