I went to an adult learn to skate class, where at the end we were doing salchows. My waltz jump is... well... not tiny -- probably about a foot from takeoff to landing tracing, and I've got a freezeframe from a video showing both feet about 4-5 inches off the ice at once in the middle of it, with knees relatively straight.
So I thought I'd be able to figure out the salchow, but I just don't get it!
When I try to kick my right foot across for the takeoff, it drags my left foot around and back (if that makes sense) so I end up turning in a small, counterclockwise circle on my toepick. That might be alright if it let to some sort of takeoff, but my body and free leg don't turn at all (ie. only my left foot really moves), so I end up in this tiny, scratchy LBI edge with my right foot stuck behind me.
I've tried doing the jump from an absolute standstill (probably not recommended ), starting on two feet to swing the right foot forward -- this works, as it gets into the right position, and I'm only about a quarter underotated. But from the three turn, I can't even take off.
Does anyone know what is causing this? I assume it's some sort of problem with the timing, but I really have no idea.