Well then, this time I will be taking into consideration the reasons for why we naturally do things when free riding and when riding in the part, etc.
It is commonly known that everyone does this, but why do we turn right before doing a spin?
What is often said is…
It’s like this, right?
If you are a person who can do spins then you intuitively understand this.
So, I am going to try and delve a little deeper into this thing that is often talked about.
<Gain a strong footing>
The existence of the external force is necessary to feel your footing.
What is the external force you feel when you turn before doing a spin?
When you turn, your body is leaning inside the turn arc.
In other words, with the position that resists the centrifugal force, this centrifugal force is the external force that you mainly feel.
You feel a strong pressure in the soles of your feet and get a solid and stable feeling through this centrifugal force.
In addition there is also gravity and driving force, but you don’t really feel them in the middle of a turn.
Furthermore, before doing a spin, your body is forced upwards by the influence of the shape of the jump.
The soles of your feet feel a strong pressure because of the shape of the jump, and with the centrifugal force of the set up turn, you will get a large footing as a result.
It’s the same feeling you get when jumping on a trampoline.
<Prevent skidding with edging>
A setup turn is preferable if it’s a carving turn.
You can maintain your body’s balance by completely fixating the edge on the surface of the snow.
For the carving turn you have to put your body directly against the centrifugal force.
Your body being completely against the centrifugal force and being completely stood up against gravity are the same.
In other words, the soles of your feet are getting all of the centrifugal force directly, so you can feel the strong footing.
However, the main point is to not give the edge too much pressure.
Too much pressure increases the resistance on the snow and completely kills your speed.
Furthermore, in situations where the condition of the snow is soft, the edge will dig into the snow and you will instead be thrown off balance.
A turn does not have to be a perfect carving turn, but you want to reduce skidding as much as possible.
Even if you are skidding a little bit, if it’s a little bit then you can still retain your balance through the external force.
Also, a huge point is that if you skid the pressure of the edge must be weak and it retains your speed.
Conversely, in situations where your edge is raised too high even when doing a carving turn, it ends up being the cause of your loss of speed and it makes it difficult to retain your balance against the external force.
Rhythm is extremely important.
It’s because rhythm naturally coordinates all of the movements.
If you create rhythm within yourself, each and every part will follow that and can skillfully move various other parts simultaneously.
Those who carve a turn time and time again before a jump have trouble matching the rhythms in the item and themselves.
They aren’t quite able to connect all of the movements of each body part.
Those who require very little restraint on the number of setup turns are able to skillfully regulate their own rhythm in regards to the item.
They can completely visualize distance, speed and time and they time with park items without any wasteful movements with only the smallest amount of turns.
I am teaching my students to make less than 3 setup turns or 2 if it’s possible.
Well then, what’s the best way to do a setup turn?
Here’s the point!
“Make it narrow” is for making the turn’s width narrower.
“Make it longer” is for making the time it takes to do one turn longer and to ride that turn longer in one go.
Because of this the edge isn’t raised so much, however you can have centrifugal force and rhythm.
Intermediate riders strongly raise the edge and do turns in a big way and get a lot of centrifugal force, but this results in their body’s axis being swayed left and right and it’s difficult to balance themselves before doing a spin.
It’s important to take an approach that keeps your body’s axis from swaying right and left as much as it can.
Narrow, long setup turns require practice until you get used to them.
I will be introducing a video to you regarding how to practice this.