Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mikaela Shiffrin, the transition, all Super Phantom!!!!

         Why PMTS Direct Parallel is the key to success!

This is the "Super Phantom Move". It is what we teach as the foundation to PMTS Direct Parallel. It is all about a "Narrow Stance", "a Lifted Foot and Ski, moving and standing on the "Little Toe Edge".  Everything traditional instruction rejects that PMTS Direct Parallel embraces. This is being used to win World Cup Slalom races by 3 seconds.


This movement is created by the best skiers in the world, they learn it naturally because it is an essential part of skiing fast and performing at high levels in race situations. It is taught in a modified way to all of our skiers in my PMTS teaching system. It is taught in a way that all skiers can learn it. Why is it important to learn? Because it establishes balance on the new ski before you enter the new turn.

This is explained in detail in my first 2 books, and videos, "Anyone can be an Expert Skier",  1 and 2.

This next photo, is after the tradition, in the early phase of engaging.  The inside foot is pulled back, still lifted. Inside ski is tipped more than outside ski, this means she is setting up her hips to the inside of the arc, before pressure is developed. Skiing is about relaxing into angles, not achieving pressure through forceful pushing or extending. This is highly evolved technique, not seen often at the junior or even development Team level. Only the best figure this out. However it can be taught trained and learned at an early age with correct coaching.


Fan said...

Hi Harald,

I think that the transition from edge to edge is by far the hardest ski technique to learn well. Looking at Mikaela's slo mo video and the still pictures, it appears that the phantom move involves lifting the inside ski to unweight it, which results in standing on the little toe edge of the outside ski with both skis still tipped uphill. Momentarily, she has all of her weight on the little toe edge of the outside ski as it transitions to the big toe edge inside the next arc. This is where patience seems paramount. Do you have drills or thoughts to learn to feel this properly?

Fan said...

It looks like all of mikaela's weight is momentarily on the little toe edge of the inside ski as it transitions to the outside of the new turn. In doing so the edges don't change until after she lifts the outside ski. Is this something to strive for in everyday skiing?

Harald Harb said...

This is the Super Phantom in our PMTS system, we edified this years ago as a great technique to delay the turn initiation. It also sets up balance early in the arc. For recreational skiers in bumps and steeps it's a must have movement.

Harald Harb said...

Fan, Yes we have a whole boat load of instructional videos on our web site,
We call this the Super Phantom, it's in the "Essentials" DVDs and videos.