Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gross could be the best slalom skier in 2016

It always looks easy when the top 5 slalom skiers do it, they have all the tools. 

Gross demonstrates all the right movements and he uses the exact movements we coach and teach in PMTS Racer Development.

In particular his upper body and hips are perfectly positioned or counter acted to the falline. His flexing and retraction release are also timed right. His inside foot tipping is a perfect "Phantom Move", from the PMTS manual.

His boot change has made a huge difference as well. 
Congratulations to Gross and the Italians for changing his boots.

This is where most of his competition has a wider, lower stance.

Notice how he opened his pole tap arm, and held his counter acting. 
This is also typical of Hirscher and Neureuther as well.
He shows perfect counter acting, open lower arm and shoulder balance is already transferred.
Perfect early angle, without pressure, inside ski is active with tipping and it's pulled back. Perfect slalom.
Now the question is how do you learn this way of skiing. This is the PMTS way of skiing and it's easy to understand and train this method.

If you don't think boots and their set up make a difference, look at this comparison. Night and Day.
Notice the clear difference in his skiing a few years ago in a Fischer Boot. I commented frequently on this Blog, (look back to the posts) that the boot set up was wrong for him. He is much more knock-kneed here. He still had great technique, but the boots were a liability. Now on Tecnica Boots, above in the red suit; he has a totally different stance, more upright, straighter leg, and much more powerful.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The art of learning to "Block" in slalom.

With "PMTS Racer Development",  we have a specific build up for how to "Block" or Clear a gate.
 This is the gate exercise that shows the results from using the "Girardelli Block".
Strengthening the upper body for proper blocking, develops balance, angles and a solid arc, without disrupting the craving. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fenninger uses Counter Acting and Relaxation to power up her GS.

Click on the link below, to see slow motion of Fenninger increasing her hip and shoulder counter acting through the arc. Notice how she also advanced the inside arm and shoulder. These are conscious movements most racers, don't learn, and mostly do the opposite, by rotating and squaring up through the arc.                                      


Key other movements:

-Relaxing the inside leg and bending it to keep building the angles on the outside ski.
-Increasing the tipping angles of the inside ski into the turn.
-Keep the inside ski back, accelerating the outside carving ski.

As a ski coach you have to know who to build the fundamentals to achieve this technique. This is modern world cup ski technique and without the ability to use these movements, in this era, you are severely handicapped in your development.

These are all World Cup movements I write about in my Book, coach at my camps, and show in my videos, "The Essentials of Skiing".