I would think when ruddering your back foot around, your weight would have to shift forward not back (picking up the back end of the board and swinging it around while all the weight is up front). But regardless I agree with your point that it'd make the turn less controlled and centering weight is best in most cases.rudder foot is when a rider is pushing around his back foot to make turns which is bad because it puts your weight more towards the tail of your board
Coincidentally this video is what made me start this topic. I've always read that ruddering is a bad way to turn, but what they refer to as "pivoting" in this video looks the same as ruddering to me. So I started wondering if there were any subtle differences between them that make pivoting acceptable and ruddering not acceptable.Quick ruddering is for riding moguls where you don't have time to make a larger turn. To the outsider it looks like a quick half-spin in place. Snow professor has a cheesy vod on that:
How to Snowboard: Moguls - YouTube
That said when I ride moguls I prefer to just ride over them!
just got back from crystal and that sounds exactly like what i'd been doing all winter. focused a lot more on proper carving today and got a really good feel of tilting front edge to start a sidecut and following through with the back instead of my normal "kick" the back foot in an arc way of turning, which tended to get uncontrollable at higher speeds. Felt really great, want to get back out. pretty sore though...What we see a lot of with solid intermediates is the ruddering. They typically ride in the back seat, then hop forward onto the front foot and kick the tail around and then get back in the back seat. They are not using twist and tilt to engage the sidecut.