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06-21-2004, 12:05 AM #1
Which hand on top
Last year I toyed with the idea of correcting my grip. I am a right footed skier and have been using a right handed baseball grip, skiing one handed for about 30 years. Just last season I started noticing that the pro's seem to have their opposit hand on top, i.e., right foot, left hand and vice-versa. I think we have discussed this elsewhere on this board...
Well this weekend I gave it a shot. Water conditions were not great. It was kind of cold and windy so I thought, why not give it a try. It was not as big a deal as I thought it would be once I realized I can try thihng out without going balls-to-the-walls everytime. I think I am going to make the switch permanent. But it could set me back a bit. I actually let go with the wrong hand on my seek side once today. It really does feel kind of wierd.
I talked my son, a left footed skierr, into switching his grip and he really like the results. For some reason he had been using left hand on top. Talked another buddy into trying it as well. We all agreed that that this woudl probably be a permanent change. It definitely changes the way you approach the wake and I think I can make this work...
I have Mondays and Friday off this summer so hope to give it a thorough attempt.
07-16-2004, 06:36 AM #2
Replying to Topic 'Which hand on top'
Update - I think I am liking this. I find I like the body position it encourages across the wake. I have also started skiing faster and shorter with more confidence. Not sure if it is just because I am skiing more or what but seems to be a good thing.
I think one thing that helps is that it is simply a change. Looking back, I had been skiing 15 off at 30 for a very long time, sometimes jumping up to 32 in good water. I now ski regularly at 34 and have started having some success at 28 off at 32. Making a small change like the grip kind of forced me to start thinking a bit instead of just doing. I think that helped...
10-02-2008, 12:46 AM #3
Resurrecting this one for the newbies as well. Not - 5 years later I am skiing consistently at 28 off at 34mph and spent a lot of last season at 38 off. This year dialed it back to focus on form....
10-02-2008, 12:54 AM #4
BensonWdby - For me: left foot forward, left hand top, palm up. Are you still skiing opposite hand/foot? - Deerfield2007 Outback
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10-02-2008, 01:01 AM #5
The 'correct/standard' grip for a LFF would be a typical right handed baseball grip. That would be right palm up - on top. So by this I would say you are backwards.
As a RFF skier I made the switch permanently to left palm up at the initial time of this post. I still get out of the water with the 'wrong' grip and then switch hands when I am stable.
There truly is no 'correct' way. If you look at the pros you will see both. But I definitely noticed a difference by switching to 'correct' grip.
10-02-2008, 11:12 AM #6
"That would be right palm up - on top."
I'll give that a try next time out. Thanks.2007 Outback
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10-02-2008, 09:39 PM #7Sled491 Guest
So if I understand you correctely, when you reach out your hold hand is at the bottom of the handle? This should help with your shoulders correct?
10-02-2008, 09:42 PM #8MrsZ Guest
Doesn't the hold hand depend on what side you are on?
10-02-2008, 11:04 PM #9
Certainly the hold hand depends on which side you are on.
Being RFF with my 'standard' grip my strong side turn, 2-4-6, has my right hand on the 'bottom', but in reality you really are not holding the handle vertically I don't think...And although the grip is called left palm up, when you reach you really have your hold/reach hand pointed up (actually somewhere around 30-60 degrees rotated up depending on where in the turn you are).
I think we all are talking the same language here. RFF uses a left handed baseball grip. LFF uses a right handed baseball grip.
I have found that the real difference is what happens to your shoulders before you let go with the outside hand. I am not sure I can really explain it, but it makes me feel like my body position in the pre-turn is better. And I feel stronger in my reach. It could be psych.
Bottom line - what ever works for you use it. If you think you need to make a change to help your mental game, this is a simple change that does not require a keen sense of the ski...
06-24-2011, 09:08 PM #10
Fix my grip
I'm brining back this oldie but goodie because I think it's time for me to do the same. I've kind of hit a wall so I have to change it up. I tied the rope to the basketball post and experimented with the 2 grips and body position and I feel like I'll have a better time getting my hips in good position during wake crossings with a "proper grip" I'm 34 LFF and skied my whole life with the reverse grip- so this might be challenging.
1) proper grip
2) handle low
3) hips forward
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