What do you guys think about 'mute grabs without cross'?(what it is called, actually?)
Basically, I suck at combining spins and grabs.. but this last winter I got 360's somehow dialed with grabs. Only thing is that my friends always complain that when spinning&grabbing mute I don't cross enough.
So, I was like 'what's wrong with that?' and ended up leaving the cross completely off (just to piss my friends:)...I just tucked up and grabbed over my skis (with left hand, I spin clock-wise) and just got this kind of safety-grab looking position (but grab just 'reached' differently)
Anybody doing this kind of thing? I've just been wondering sometimes that why not to do it that way, and leave the crosses maybe to other combinations/tricks?..I think it can be done in a way it looks smooth...
I personally think that crosses are cool,sometimes.. but not the only option at all.
For example, safety grabs with spins look so dope.
And, strangely, I don't like japans/lui kangs at all...they just don't look 'natural' to me, maybe because of 80's mogul skiing background I nowadays almost hate every move where skis are separated clearly (except occasional,'tongue in cheek' old school stuff and screamin seamens...)
Also, contrary to what seems common thinking today, I see many people concentrate too much on grabbing. Don't get me wrong now... with skis you just need so much more air compared to snowboard to make grabs look good, IMO...I see many young guys always trying to grab with spins and what not... but it would be maybe wiser to get the complete form dialed first. You know, trajectory, tucking up,crossing and tweaking, slow spins, controlled 180's etc.
Slow tucked up (and crossed) spins w/o a grab, and with lot of control are kind of underrated these days...I mean, if you can do corked 720 with grab, and do it in control and smooth that's very gooda dn very cool.... but on the other hand if do the same trick and just barely get a touch with the ski, what's the point? To some people it seems that only claiming that they did a grab with a trick is the thing, even if it doesn't 'add' anything to the trick...
Allright,quite along post with bad english (sorry, not a mother language to me)... hope you still got my point. And hey, don't take it too serioysly - if i'm just an old guy with best trick 'helicopter' in his profile who am I to say anything about style and grabs and stuff like that?...:D