Need Stroke Advice (Video Included)
I've been practising TI for about 2-3 months and would like to get feedback on my stroke.
I can see multiple things wrong but I'm not sure what I should focus on fixing. Appreciate any help with drills, etc..
I'm 5'9" and take about 30 seconds per lap (25M) at 22-25 SPL. I can swim 10+ laps with this stroke without getting tired but would really like to make my stroke more efficient and faster
There are obvious things that need to be corrected which starts with your hands scooping up to the surface . This together with over rotation especially when breathing which is causing balance issues and your legs dropping and splaying out too far . Rotate only enough to clear each shoulder from the water and make sure your hand and elbow is always below your shoulder on entry as you go toward your catch . Your head position looks good though.
Your legs are creating massive drag
Pull Buoy between the legs
Keep the tight and within the shadow of the body
When new posture is realised ditch pull buoy and remember
If no pull buoy keep thighs and big toes touching
Suck ribcage up & in (this is critical)
P.S Please pop a cheque in the post ;-)
Thank you guys for the feedback.
@daveblt, I didn't understand what you meant by hands scooping up to the surface. Can you clarify?
@Mushroomfloat, I had actually tried keeping a pull buoy between my thighs but my right leg still went down a lot. I think I got used to this bad kick where I kick down a lot.
Yesterday, I tried to kick down only a little. But I won't know if I'm doing any better till I take another video.
your stroke looks as if you're used and confident with, and so relaxed to show some room for further improvement.
Don't miss the fundamentals: Relaxed neck with weightless-felt head and 90° looking down, head-spine aligned (work on both SG- and Torpedo-drills in all variations are helpful...) Your spear from underwater looks as if your recovery is too tensed. Remember the elbow should lead the recovery in a half circled movement as far sideways as possible, lower arm and hand should just hang like shown by ragdolls.
Don't focus on your kick for now (in TI a well tuned 2BK comes even after breathing...). However if really necessary, focus in aligned and streamlined-straight-relaxed legs. Feet should not move more apart than the toes will have contact with the heel of the other feet.
Enjoy your way with best regards,
@Werner, thank you for the feedback.
Yeah, Got to do more drills!! I'll also work on a more relaxed recovery and reduced kick amplitude.
You posture is completely broken throughout the length of the body and yor legs are splaying apart really widely, this is incorrct swimming posture, you have no taughtness or connection.
You not progress until you achive POSTURE LINE & BALANCE
Spent time floating face down in streamline position everytime you go to the pool, even take 3 strokes and go into a pencil float to remind of correct posture
Get level on surface in streamline and start to pull yourself along from there never losing that level taught streamline position.
(when they say implode that means what i said earlier suck your ribcage up and in to connect hips to shoulders through the core
Quick update - I've been practicing a lot in the last 3 months and my speed improved significantly. I went from 2:05-2:10/100m to 1:52/100m (for 500m).
But when I look at my stroke video, it seems like there is still a lot of improvement. I would love to hear your feedback on what I should focus on next.
Here is my new stroke video.
This was my stroke video from Feb/Mar
In the last 3 months, I focused on 2 things - head position and high-elbow catch. I think I made significant improvements to the head position but high elbow catch still seems elusive.
half of that will do
about 45degrees max
also think of both arms as one
so link them underwater & topside
slow it right down like slow motion and feel the connection
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