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How to find that (stance) sweet spot?

Everyone's different, I'm sure of it! But I'd like to hear how other people have found their stance "sweet spot".
I know for a fact that I like my angles, duck stance 15, -15. My problem is my stance width.

I'm 5'9.5'' 148lbs if that matters. What's an ideal stance width for someone my hieght? I've tried moving my bindings around I just can't get that, oh that's perfect feeling.

I like a wider stance I think, but do wider stances mess up spin rotations? With my wider stances I Can hardly spin 3's off flat ground.
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if it helps, i jumped up and down a few times and randomly measured and took the average.
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different ways I measure stance widths when I set up boards for friends wanting to learn how to snowboard:

-jump as high as possible pulling both knees to your chest without looking at the floor, as soon as you land, measure the length between both feet.

-sit on a chair with your knees bent 90 and feet flat on the floor, measure the top of the knees down to the floor, average that from the width of your shoulders and you've got your 'comfort range' where the knees are almost square and stable, yet close to shoulder width.



adjust the width by trial and error with these two methods as 'starting point'
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Dick around with until it works. Whats funny is that your angles can change when you change width. At 21" I was at 18/-15. I moved out to 22" and 15/-15 works best.


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Dick around with until it works. Whats funny is that your angles can change when you change width. At 21" I was at 18/-15. I moved out to 22" and 15/-15 works best.
That's pretty odd actually. In the anatomical sense anyway.

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You want weirder? My friend was at 22" at 0/0. He went to about 23 1/2" and now rides at 12/-12. How your ankles, kness, and hips flex will change with the width from foot to foot.


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seems nobody answer the question "do wider stances mess up spin rotations?"

also I'd like to know in the reasonable range, is it true

wider stance -> more control and more stable landing

narrower stance -> easier and higher pop and spin

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different ways I measure stance widths when I set up boards for friends wanting to learn how to snowboard:

-jump as high as possible pulling both knees to your chest without looking at the floor, as soon as you land, measure the length between both feet.

-sit on a chair with your knees bent 90 and feet flat on the floor, measure the top of the knees down to the floor, average that from the width of your shoulders and you've got your 'comfort range' where the knees are almost square and stable, yet close to shoulder width.



adjust the width by trial and error with these two methods as 'starting point'

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