Skiing with a single boot will force you to be more balanced over your ski. A few seasons ago, pro slalom skier Tom Brantley took a good look at his skiing and decided to address his Achilles’ heel. “Like a lot of skiers, when I got into trouble, I’d go straight to my back foot,” Brantley explains. “It was my internal default.” With the support of a back boot, you can rock back and still power your way through the turn. However, this type of turn does not always leave you in the right position to correctly transition out to the following buoy. “With Zero Off cruise control, those heavy back-foot turns were killing me,” Brantley says. His training partner at the time, Andy Mapple, helped ease him through the process of switching to a rear toe plate. “Andy was literally rolling on the floor of the boat, laughing as he watched me fumble through my first few passes,” he says. Before long, though, Brantley was reshaping the dynamics of his turn and learning a more efficient way of turning his ski.