I took up skiing this winter - mid December - and its the only sport/activity that I have attempted to learn since my teenage years. As you all know, I regard myself as a damn good golf coach, but having taken lessons from various ski instructors, their teaching methods have been quite an eye-opener for me regarding the KISS concept.
I dare say there are some - lets baffle him with science and he'll think I'm cleverer than most - out there, but the four instructors I have used so far have kept it very simple. To a man/woman, they have brought me to a skill level that I never thought could be attained in such a short time and although, performance-wise, there are peaks and troughs, traveling on red slopes at 40+ mph within 5 weeks (45 hours on the slopes) rarely falling or losing my balance seems remarkable.
The instructors don't dwell on stance and posture because they know most if not all students get it on their own. They don't methodically tell you how to grip your sticks/poles, they know you have a good natural tendency to do that instinctively. Balance isn't something that can be taught and they seem to understand that fully. They basically give a few pointers regarding ski positions and which edges to use along with good pole planting and let gravity take care of the rest
Is skiing a harder or easier sport to learn than golf?
Is it physically and mentally more or less challenging than golf.
Why do skiers begin to look pretty graceful after a few weeks and many golfers, no matter how long they play, never fall into that bracket?
Why didn't the ski instructors use super slow motion video and trackman to help me get to a particular proficiency level?
In truth, are we over complicating golf which in comparison is a rather simple sport to learn?
I say we should adopt a KISS approach to our game and perhaps golfers will then have as much fun on the fairways as skiers are having on the pistes.