OK...here's your chance to help out someone who just isn't getting it. I love to ride technical single track. Climbs, descents, long fast trails, I love it. I've only been riding again since the beginning of the year but I've picked up a hardtail, full suspension, and a road bike. I've gotten stronger, I've got more trail experience, I've gotten faster, but I still can't take a switchback turn on a downhill without risking life and limb.
I've tried different lines, keeping tight to the inside and trying to ride the bike through the turn. I've tried taking the front wheel wide and then bringing it back across the turn. I've tried moving through the turns while dragging the rear brake a bit to try to tighten my turn radius. Nothing seems to work for me. I usually end up with the front wheel drifting wide and off the trail to the outside of the turn, occasionally I'll find myself too far to the inside and struggling to keep the bike from falling to the inside of the turn but only once in a blue moon do I get one even close to right. It happens so infrequently that when I manage to pull it off I don't really know how I did it. It feels the same as previous failures but it worked that time.
So, what do you do to navigate serious single track switchbacks? Believe me, if you can help me beat these things you may be saving my life. On one failed attempt I went over the bars and caught a bar end squarely in the gut, while riding solo about 7 miles from my truck. That one hurt so bad that I didn't ride that section of trail again for a couple of months. Tell me what I can do to practice, what I can do to negotiate the turn. Believe me, I'll listen. I'm ready to try anything at this point.