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Old 01-15-2013, 08:11 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Not only are we one foot dominant, our front foot when riding regular, but that entire side of our body is dominant.

When learning to ride switch, I found it really helps to think of keeping your shoulders in line with your board. That forces your dominant side to stay at the "back of the bus" over the back of your board, where it belongs.

When learning switch your dominant side will still want to "lead" and that is completely counter productive. You goal is to learn to be comfortable with either side of your body being the "boss".
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:35 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I learned to ride switch on a set back, directional twin, board. So when I was switch, the geometry of the board was different, shorter, stiffer nose etc.

I was lucky though because early in learning to ride reg. I had a problem where when turning I often would go all way round and end up switch!! I could ride it out straight & heel side turn back to reg, but it kept happening and I didn't know why! Got some instruction/advice about not opening my shoulders and keeping them in alignment with the board,.. paying particular attention to that & it worked. I stopped spinning round when turning!

The upside being, switch didn't freak me out! BUT,.. I could NOT do a toe side turn switch!! At ALL! Crashed every time I tried! I figured it was the directional board that was the problem! (...it wasn't!!)

I took a lesson specifically for switch, (...from same guy who helped with spinning.) Two tips made the diff. for me,..

1. Point my lead arm & shoulder into my turns! Just like when I was learning to link turns reg.

2. Flex/pull my bent knees together towards ea. other for toe side turns, causing my feet & bindings to twist/flex board's contact points for the turn,..

Flex/push my knees out, away from ea. other for heel side! All while using my arms and shoulders to point into the turn & keep my upper body in the proper config.!

if you can't picture the motion I'm talking about,.. stand on the floor, slightly on your toes, feet apart, bend your knees, now bring your knees together till they touch, now push them apart. That's the movement that flexes the board! once I could do that slowly and in control, I started adding more dynamic movement to my switch riding & turning!

I ride switch on greens and blues top to bottom on my directional twin now, and my new true twin?? Shit, I almost look like I know what I'm doing!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:03 AM   #23 (permalink)
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All that advise is good but might just get confusing. When I learned someone just told me do one turn, next time try linking 2 turns, then 3 ect...just set small obtainable goals and practice. Practicing is by far the most important thing you can do.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:06 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by chomps1211 View Post
I ride switch on greens and blues top to bottom on my directional twin now, and my new true twin?? Shit, I almost look like I know what I'm doing!!
good for u! hopefully i can pick up switch easier now with everyones advice
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:31 PM   #25 (permalink)
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i was lucky enough to have a confused brain from childhood..i skateboard goofy but ollie regular, skimboard goofy, ripstick goofy, surf regular and snowboard regular..so what it boiled down to was that turning switch for me was just about reversing my movements..it took a day or two to figure out how to do that smoothly..now im just sharpening up my carving

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Old 01-17-2013, 08:08 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Well, my story is I rode regular and was able to do double black diamonds my second time snowboarding. Not really fast, but maybe fall only 20% of the way? I took me so much more switch riding I lost count before I can do double blacks. I think like snowolf says, you pretty much are imprinted with your usual riding. Then when you do switch, it feels really arward and scary. Not only muscle memory, but just looking in that direction and having a blind spot on the opposite side is really weird and you just have to force yourself to do it.

Now, to date, I prolly logged more switch than regular because I use it to "save energy" for doing hard stuff regular when the opportunity arises. But STILL if I had to guess, my switch is 80% as good as regular!

But I would agree somewhat on the front foot weighting. That's one way to keep your stance switch and not reverting when you don't want to. It's a matter of conciously doing it to break that habit before you body will get used to switch.

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Because of the relatively poor snow conditions this week, I've been practicing switch a lot the last couple of days. It takes a day or two of practice to be able to ride green runs while linking turns cleanly. I think by the end of the week I'll be able to ride anything short of tough blacks in switch.

Biggest problem I'm having right now is that I find my edge transition is delayed when going from heelside to toeside. Kind of a reluctance to commit. I can overcome it by concentrating on it, and eventually I'll be confident enough that it'll be automatic.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:37 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ARSENALFAN View Post
At that point I pretty much decided that switch riding will be used when coming out of 180s and that is it.
thats a great idea and all, but if you're not proficient switch throwing 1's on rollers will eventually wreck you anyway
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:56 PM   #29 (permalink)
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So, any advice on drills or tips to keep your weight forward? I was doing alright yesterday then picked up too much speed and wound up going full on scorpion when trying to revert back to normal.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:07 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
In an AASI training clinic where we did a lot of switch riding, the TD brought up the whole dominant eye thing as well.
Yeah I went through the same thing, never knew there was a dominant eye until I bought guns! I'm left eye dominant, but shoot my rifles and shotguns right, which really screws me up.

I ride goofy so maybe that's why I'm always trying to rotate my upper body more to get that left eye in front where it wants to be.
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