With the last article we have learned rotating our "Line of Sight" to initiate turns on steep terrain.
For people who solved your issue with the last article, congratulations!
For people who still have an issue to initiate turns on steep terrain, here is next tip for you.
Now let's begin!
2. Upper Body
Now we can focus on rotating our upper body.
While beginner snowboarders are taking a lesson, instructors sometimes let his students focus on rotating arms and shoulders as well as gaze.
It is not wrong way to make nice turns but if you understand the core fact of these rotational movement, you will get deeper understanding and make it much easier.
Rotating arms and shoulders are to turn your board.
But do you really think rotating arms and shoulders are enough to turn your board?
It's actually not enough.
Let's analyze what will happen when you rotate arms and shoulders.
First visualize spinning your body.
You will use your arms to generate spin.
Then your shoulders follow your arms.
People who don’t get much spin at this point, they rotate only arms and shoulders but don’t rotate whole their upper body.
Same issue is actually happening while people are making turns.
You can use your arms and shoulders, but rather try to focus more on rotating whole upper body.
With my coaching experience, I can say that this way is much effective to make nice turns.
Or you can focus on rotating hips to get same result with rotating whole your upper body.
You can try both ways and find the one which you feel better.
We just focus on different body parts this time but how to rotate your upper body is exact same as rotating your gaze.
Rotate gradually and point it just little ahead of where we are going.
Think if you have eyes on your chest and hips, and just rotate them as your head.
Rotating your whole body might be easy while in the heel side turns, but might be scary while in the toe side turns since you face and lean toward downhill at same time to start turning.
This is the most reason people stop rotating their upper body in the middle of the toe side turns and they can’t complete it.
Start practicing it from gentle slopes and gradually move on to steeper terrain.
If you still struggling to get over the fear, try to be small while toe side turns.
Hope you solve your issue with the tip we've learned in this article.
However we have more tips and will introduce it next time so please come back again!
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