Administrators Horton Posted November 29, 2008 Administrators Share Posted November 29, 2008 At the end of this season, after skiing on a Connelly Prophecy for a while I pulled my 07 Radar MPD out for a few sets. As I expected it took me 3 tries to run my opening pass but once I adjusted, I found the MPD working better than I ever remembered. Within a few sets, I had a golden pass that may have been the best 6 buoys of my life. This got me thinking that a ski can drive a skier to change habits (Stange, Darwin, Holloway all deserve partial credit for planting this idea). Ridding a ski that rides higher in the water and decelerates less (a“fast ski") allows a skier to be less technical and still attain width. I think that when I train on the Radar or another “Fast ski I am not forced to control the handle as much as on the Connelly Prophecy or HO A1. On the A1, I missed a number of 38s last summer because at 4 ball I was way ahead and said to myself, “just relax and cruise the last two balls" On a ski like the MPD this would have worked beautifully but on the A1 I found myself suddenly inside the next ball. I would argue that because I have skied on Radars more then anything else in the last two years I have learned to expect that I can relax and run the pass if I am in the rhythm. In other words I think the MPD taught me a bad habit. The same is true for the Connelly Prophecy. When I first started to ski on the Prophecy I felt like I wanted more width on my heel side (on side). In only a few rides I adjusted my technique and found more than ample width. If I relax on the Prophecy as much as I can on MPD I will not get around the next ball. The handle control that I had to practice on the Prophecy and A1 substantially improved the way I rode the MPD. The MPD will work pretty well with average handle control but works even better with lots of handle control. The same analysis can be made for numerous other facets of skiing. I think I picked up a bad habit on my heel side turn (on side) from skiing on the Prophecy and RS-1. Skiing on the A1 would certainly force me to work on that mess. Every ski has a strong point, I can see the argument for changing brands every time you change skis to keep your style from becoming stagnate. Maybe a spring training ski and a competition ski. BABE’S ★ California Ski Ranch ★ Connelly ★ Denali ★ Goode ★ KD Skis MasterCraft ★ MasterLine ★ PerfSki ★ Radar ★ Rodics Innovation Reflex ★ S Lines ★ Stokes Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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