Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Quick Tip! Upper body relative to flexing to release. Or Check Point "No Swing pole tap!

One of my athletes holding his counter-acting.
PMTS Counter-acting is a function of the hips and upper body. The poles and arms are clear indicators as to how well it's done or how easy it is to lose counter-acting.

In this case, the practice of pole and hand use is helping the skier to prepare for a perfect release. Also, notice how the inside foot is back, this makes the transition to the new stance ski easy and quick. If you read my previous article it explains how the transition is created.


In both photos the inisde hand and ski pole tips are forward and ahead of the inisde ski boot. The ski pole on the lower side is prepared for a pole tap.  You want to think of the outside leg flexing or bending moving toward your chest whcih should be facing the outisde ski boot.

Marcel Hircher is the master of counter-acting and holding it at the release.

2 comments:

R Carter said...

Harold, I have studied most of your books & videos for a couple years now, and attended my first camp this season. But still not clear on when to let go of the counter relative to the transition. Many of your exercises suggest a neutral torso at the moment the skis go thru flat, in other places I get the notion that the counter is held thru the entire edge change/transition. Can you clarify this point for me? Thanks. Bob Carter

Harald Harb said...

Hold your counter acting as long as you can, the unwinding of the legs will bring your skis square to the hips. Most skiers and racers unwind the hips before the skis, this is never going to lead them to world cup techniques.