Review Pole Position By Henrik Thorsen, Danish Demo team and Educator Danish Ski Federation.
Bring a ski instructor in your pocket!
I’ll be honest: I was skeptical. When I first heard about the product, I thought: Oh, what’s this all about? A strap between your ski poles? Now I have tested it and I truly got a great eye-opening experience!
I’ve known about the product since it came on the market a few years ago but it was first this year that I have had a chance to try it out. The product is called Pole Position, and is simply explained an orange colored strap that is attached in between the ski poles.
The company call its product “A Ski Coach To Go” and was invented by Swedish racecoach Pelle Stenbäck who launched the product in March of 2009.
Pelle explains that the product was developed to fill the need of a hands-on tool that could communicate the importance of a strong balance on skis, something that could work out the dynamic balance in a simple and effective way.
Pole Position was born out of a principle: « Learn to Ski While Skiing ».
For years, I’ve been incorporating pole exercises in lots of different skiing positions – both in my ski classes, but also in my own private training to fine-tune various small details of the dynamic balance. I still do, as a matter of fact. I believe that these visually powerful exercises are easy to understand and they are usually very effective.
So is Pole Position something new? Can it replace all of the many pole exercises? Do I now no longer being taught by an instructor?
Yes, Pole Position is something new. It adds something special to my skiing and myteaching that I have not experienced before. No, it does not replace all my exercises with ski poles, and no, it does not replace the ski instructor, but it is a great complement to these exercises, and it is a powerful tool to train the dynamic balance, body tension workout, exercising arm movements and much much more.
I’m really positively surprised by the effect Pole Position has had on my skiing. Stretched out between my ski poles, it provides body tension. And since it is a flexible strap and not a static rod across, I can still use my poles as I normally would and by such focus on my free skiing. I’m constantly reminded of how little my arms should move. I have long battled a problem of too much arm movement: I’ve been dipping the inside arm too much while flexing the outer one at the end of the turn delaying the next pole plant.
Quite frankly, I did not believe that an orange strap could cure these issues but once I snapped Pole Position to my poles it was as if I instantly became wiser. As I put tension on the strap by pulling the poles apart I no longer could dip the inner arm too low. Incredible simple but man what an eye-opening experience for me. Fantastic!
My opinion is that while Pole Position is an excellent compliment for myself and my ski classes, there is no one individual tool that can offer a direct route to enhance the simple, free, playful, and dynamic skiing that I love and seek. These goals are attained by a combination of drills and tools – each contributing its own point and aha-feeling.
But in my world, a new strong contender have entered the arena of ski training. It’s orange and it can be strapped between your ski poles. It’s fun and different and it brings about something new. It’s name is Pole Position and I carry it in my pocket.
I am a fan.
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