When you release with one hand in the turn, do you find yourself with gobs of slack when you hook back up with the handle to accelerate? You might just be misguided about how to ski back to the handle. Check out high-level skiers in the turn, and it appears that they retract the handle all the way back to their body to complete the turn. Surprisingly, this really isn't the case. Here are four quick hits for hooking up with the handle without taking a hit yourself.
• When you release the handle to start your turn, allow the ski to keep traveling out and away from your body. The better you can ski out and away from the handle, the more the ski will carve to finish the turn with great angle.
• A fluid reach is essential. No jerky movements here. Try to feel as if the boat is taking the handle from you as opposed to your punching the handle to the boat.
• As the ski rolls outbound, focus on keeping your reaching arm and your shoulders level. This will aid in rotation and keeping the line taut.
• Instead of trying to pull the handle all the way back to your body, allow your lower body to move through the turn and meet your retracting arm with your free hand.