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Old 10-09-2011, 08:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Switch riding, can you ever be fully equally able sliding both ways

Just wanted to get some peoples feedback on this. I love to ride switch and early on in my snowboarding I made a point of working on my weaker side. I play football (AKA soccer) and being able to pass and shoot properly with both feet is key if you play at a good level.

With snowboarding I am working on being as good going either way. I am goofy and whenever its very steep or I am doing a big drop thats the way I go. I can carve up all but the steepest groomers confidently in switch and hit small jumps in switch. Switch landings are fine.
I like to ride trees and pow and can do that very comfortably in switch, but whenever it gets intense I will flip round to goofy (safety first).

Both the boards I own are semi directional. Stiffer tail than nose so when I want to really practice switch I set up my bindings as if I was regular. If I go on a trip I will designate a switch day and spend 70% of the day riding switch. I usually spend 30%-40% in switch.

I know a fair bit about physiology and nervous systems and to me spending too much time doing unsymmetrical exercise isn't good for left right balance. I feel that I am using my body more evenly and in a more balanced way riding lots of switch as well as regular.

For those who can't I recommend it. Improves your riding both ways IMO. If you tweak a muscle being able to ride switch can also save the day if you don't use it much going the other way.

Has anyone here got to the point where they are truly as comfortable both ways?

Can it be done?
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a great question I am personally great at riding switch cause like you I did practice all the time at it. But think of it this way it takes 2500 times to make a habit and 10000 times to break it when it is wrong. While I am fine with riding what ever way I need to at the time, but when doing tricks I always feel better doing anything on my backside. So when trying to break anything you learned one way just keep doing it the way you want to learn, I would do 50% as much as you can. Dont want to one day feel better riding the other way and have to do this all over again.
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I'm gonna try 50-50 this year. Would be much easier on a true twin. When the powder is good I don't want to spend even 5 mins changing my bindings.
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Sure it can be done.

I'm not great at riding switch, but back when I played a lot of basketball I was just as comfortable with my left hand as I was my right and I am strongly right handed. Learning to dribble left handed was more awkward IMO than riding switch.
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So what you are saying is yes it can be done, but you can't do it and your not very good at riding switch?

I'm just messing.

I played some Basketball and dribbling with both hands came fairly easy to me just like riding switch.
Still I was always better with my right hand just like I am better riding goofy than regular.

I agree it can be done. Thats what I am aiming for and I would like to hear from anyone who has achieved that level of comfort both ways or close to.
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Think about it this way:

If you look at a professional baseball player who is a switch hitter, are they equally good hitting left & right? I've never seen it. With enough practice you can be good with your weak side but it's never going to equal your dominant side.
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I shoot gun for a living and I have to shoot both left and right at the same level. Yea it took tons of time for me to get as fast with my left but I think it was easy cause I know what I had to do with my body. I would say I shoot a better group with my left now granted it is slower then my right but it feels easy like I am breathing now. As I said anything can be made to be easy with practice jsut need to stick with it, everything is hard when you first start.
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It definitely can be done. I ride switch a lot and I'd consider myself better at switch than some of my friends are when they're riding regular.

With that said, unless your bindings are setup perfect "mirrored" (such as 0 and 0, or 15 and -15, etc.) - there will always be a difference.

When I'm charging or doing something super sketchy, I'm definitely relying on my normal stance.
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So what you are saying is yes it can be done, but you can't do it and your not very good at riding switch?

I'm just messing.

I played some Basketball and dribbling with both hands came fairly easy to me just like riding switch.
Still I was always better with my right hand just like I am better riding goofy than regular.

I agree it can be done. Thats what I am aiming for and I would like to hear from anyone who has achieved that level of comfort both ways or close to.
Riding switch great simply isn't all that important to me. I'm decent at it and that's good enough for me.
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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So far we have a bunch of people who are decent to good at riding switch.
I would say I am good at it and can do 80% of what I can in goofy.
I Would like to get that closer to 100% and will be riding more switch this year.

There are lots of riders on this forum, no one out there who has got that level? close to it?

Lets hear ya.
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