Pac2So I have looked at a lot of backflip threads to try to improve mine/make them more stylish and clean and one thing I have noticed is that everyone says it’s more of a pop with your hips and shoulders instead of your feet but I’m not exactly sure what people mean by this. I’ve done a lot of backflips and can lay them out on the trampoline but for some reason it’s hard for me to do it on skis, my arms always flail in the air and I noticed in videos I set the truck more with my legs rather then my upper body, any tips on how to fix this? Like what should my upper body be doing for me to set it with my hips?
Don't tuck. Push your hips forward. Arch your back and neck and look for the ground. Spot it and hang there, then snap your legs under you as you come down. If your arms are flailing you might just need more practice, or maybe the jump is a bit wonky.
Your upper body just hangs like your legs. Arms will probably go slightly out to the sides.
It's almost in 2 parts on bigger jumps. You pop to the hang point at the start, and then stall or slow rotation, then there's the snap at the end to bring your legs under. The more you do the more comfortable you'll get. You can hang a backflip with like 4 feet of air on a random windlip even. It doesn't need to be a huge jump.
If you tuck you're kind of spinning the whole time so you have to time your spin to the air time. A lot of people will overrotate slightly tucking because harder to gauge and harder to stop your spin even if you have the timing down.
Also laying it out feels much better, looks better, and makes it easy to throw it on various size jumps.