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    Quote Originally Posted by mtguide1 View Post
    I wouldn't ever tell a student to drag a pole. Poles don't belong on the snow unless its a "touch" to cue an action below the knees . Why would you want to focus a student on pole dragging? To develop a stiff outside wrist? Training wheels? Don't worry about your feet..your poles will hold you up?I don't understand pole dragging.
    Pole dragging drills give feedback about body position with no coach or camera needed... yes you can cheat it - but done with good set up you get instant feedback on body position

    Don't tell the WC racers not to drag poles - it is quite pervasive that they use the poles as cat's whiskers

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    OK, look at al the pictures you posted and tell me what body position would be required to be dragging the outside pole. There are a ton of blended skills required at a very high level before cat whiskers have real value in fine tuning the blend, but I can't see anything in these pcitures that tells me dragging an outside pole would improve performance.
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    Pole touch, works well for teaching angulation. The guys in the photos already know how.
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    mtguide, pole dragging drills are common. I hate them, personally. If a trainer has me drag a pole, my sensors go wild and all I can pay attention to is the friction between the pole basket and the snow. My brain focuses all its impulses on that bumpy contact down at pole's end and my turns go trashy. So there you go.

    But lots of instructors use pole dragging to help skiers get "level" shoulders. It's a drill, not a way to ski.

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    I also use as a training wheel for learning inside ski balance
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    Try one foot skiing, then shed your poles and try again. You'll quickly discover how much you depend on them for touch/drag/whiskers usage
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