I’m going to answer some of the question you guys asked on my blog!
This time about trouble with footing before taking off a backside spin!
I’m unstable on the toe edge before taking off a back side 720.
Windup to prepare for the spin is not easy too.
I don’t have same issue with spinning 540.
How can I approach to the lip with stable balance on the toe edge for spinning 720?
Please tell me.
From your observation, as unstable on the toe edge and windup is not easy before takeoff, I can predict that you have very weak base of support while on the toe edge.
In other word, you are standing on the toe edge with unnatural position.
When we are standing natural as a human, our shoulders, hips, knees and toes are all aligned.
All muscles are in a certain position and status to work best with this standing position.
So while you are standing in this position, you are at the most stable balance.
Most snowboarder who is throwing a backside 720, they open their shoulders forward to prepare for the spin.
It is effective to create a spin force with arms and facing forward avoid taking off too early in many cases.
However if you twist your body forward too much and feel unstable before takeoff, this must be corrected.
We use rotational movement all the time to change the direction, to spin your body, and so on.
For example, when you make a toe side turn, you put your front shoulder over your front toe.
But if you rotate your shoulders to opposite direction, this time if your chest is facing forward (toward the nose of your board) while starting a toe side turn, it will be hard to get into the toe side turn.
Because, it’s hard to keep your balance on the toe edge in this circumstance with this posture.
Now let’s think about it with posture before taking off a backside spin.
Windup might need to gain enough spin for spinning 720.
But at same time we want strong base while twisting our body.
So how can we add a windup without losing our base?
Here are some tips to stabilize your base instantly while on the toe edge with windup.
1. Try to not rotate your shoulders and hips forward more than 45 degrees before taking off
You can swing your arms forward but shoulders and hips shouldn’t face forward too much. So your posture stand just as straight air and you can keep solid base.
2. Open your shoulders for windup at last second
People start windup at same time they change edges from heel to toe. Therefore, time twisting their body on the toe edge will be longer and it will hinder keeping your balance. This tip helps to reduce the time that you are in unstable balance.
3. Take off just as spinning 540 but add more pop
Since you have strong base while throwing 540, rotate your body as 540 while taking off. Adding more pop unable you to add more spin with your knees sucking up quicker.
4. Pull your back elbow quick and strong
Windup as spinning 540 but also add to pull your hind elbow hard toward backside to add more spin. Since it sometimes will cause your body to lean inside, do not forget to stand your head straight while taking off.
Try all tips and find the one that fit to your issue.
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Snowboard Dojo Wiz Team