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Forum: Freestyle 01-03-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2,526
Posted By tony0000
Stuart, Perhaps I expressed my point poorly. I...

Stuart,

Perhaps I expressed my point poorly. I was not comparing learning to play the piano with learning to swim. (I have no problems with mini-drills.) I was comparing the act of playing with...
Forum: Freestyle 01-02-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2,526
Posted By tony0000
I don't think it's helpful to break continuous...

I don't think it's helpful to break continuous movements into micro-moverments. There is no way you are going to be able to co-ordinate your body parts thinking of them as separate motions, one...
Forum: Freestyle 12-23-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6,999
Posted By tony0000
ZT, I don't believe it's a strange question for...

ZT,

I don't believe it's a strange question for this forum. I think it's fair to ask if TI makes sense for everyone. It makes sense for me (given my abilities and goals). But how about for...
Forum: Freestyle 12-23-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6,999
Posted By tony0000
Bob, To state the question more precisely then,...

Bob,

To state the question more precisely then, should TI be taught *first*? (As I mentioned, I think teaching the standard crawl and TI simultaneously would be confusing. Am I mistaken about...
Forum: Freestyle 12-23-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6,999
Posted By tony0000
The 6-beat kick and the constant movements of...

The 6-beat kick and the constant movements of both arms.

But that's a full answer because, I suppose, one could just do a 6-beat kick slowly and move one's arm slowly. My sense is that slow...
Forum: Freestyle 12-23-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6,999
Posted By tony0000
Should TI Be Taught to a Younger Beginning Swimmer?

I am teaching a fit 30-year-old friend to swim. When it comes to the crawl, should I teach her TI or the standard crawl?

This is where I am coming from. When I was in my 30s, I could swim the...
Forum: Freestyle 12-23-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,572
Posted By tony0000
Perhaps try "widening your tracks" (inserting...

Perhaps try "widening your tracks" (inserting your lead hand farther to the outside) some. You seem to be placing your hands in the water pretty close to directly in front of your head. They should...
Forum: Freestyle 12-21-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 2,815
Posted By tony0000
What ZT said. Practice Superman Glide. Then...

What ZT said. Practice Superman Glide. Then throw in some just enough small kicks to keep your hips up. Remember how it feels to have them near the surface like that! Now try to keep them there...
Forum: Freestyle 12-14-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1,456
Posted By tony0000
Judging from Shinji's videos (because I don't...

Judging from Shinji's videos (because I don't entirely trust my kinesthetic memory), the answer is yes.

Tony

"Swim by the mile; improve by the inch."
Forum: Freestyle 12-10-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,180
Posted By tony0000
Learning to breathe on your weak side is much...

Learning to breathe on your weak side is much easier than learning to breath from scratch. What you have to do is (1) figure out what's the difference in your breathing and (2) then eliminate that...
Forum: Freestyle 12-09-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 20,067
Posted By tony0000
Not to oversimplify things, but there is a lot...

Not to oversimplify things, but there is a lot good about his stroke and he seems to have down many aspects of TI. He never achieves a balanced position, however, with his body high in the water. I...
Forum: Freestyle 12-08-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 20,067
Posted By tony0000
Elbow over the hand is a very simple idea. You...

Elbow over the hand is a very simple idea. You want as much surface area as possible pushing against the water on your pull. So you want to get your forearm vertical in the water as soon as...
Forum: Freestyle 12-07-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 20,067
Posted By tony0000
As others have noted, being so far underwater is...

As others have noted, being so far underwater is causing problems. I'm wondering what would happen if you pushed off the wall upwards rather then downwards. Once you reached the surface and started...
Forum: Freestyle 11-04-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 69,186
Posted By tony0000
I'm all for undulation, but let's remember that...

I'm all for undulation, but let's remember that throwing the arm forward requires pushing the rest of the body backward. (For every action, there's an equal and opposite one.)

Tony

"Swim by the...
Forum: Freestyle 10-27-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 1,810
Posted By tony0000
Yes, but in swimming, everything's a matter of...

Yes, but in swimming, everything's a matter of trade-offs. The thrusting the spearing hand at a deeper angle helps with balance. Also, I find it easier to pull with a vertical forearm if I get to...
Forum: Freestyle 10-07-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 3,177
Posted By tony0000
Hi. Lots of interesting thoughts. I...

Hi. Lots of interesting thoughts.

I understanding that keeping the writ straight is not an end in itself, but a tool to try to the forearm vertical sooner so it can be used to push back against the...
Forum: Freestyle 10-05-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 3,177
Posted By tony0000
Thanks for the suggestions. I like the idea of...

Thanks for the suggestions. I like the idea of trying to keep my hand and forearm aligned. Getting my more forearm at the beginning of my stroke is something I'm going to be working on.

I've also...
Forum: Freestyle 10-05-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 3,177
Posted By tony0000
Critique My Stroke

Here it is. (Filming courtesy of Danny.)

https://youtu.be/o8FU6EgZQFM

Any comments appreciated.

Tony

"Swim by the mile; improve by the inch."
Forum: Freestyle 10-01-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,046
Posted By tony0000
I agree with what Bob said and would add that...

I agree with what Bob said and would add that I've found that increased shoulder extension (of the lead arm in water) can do a lot to shift the balance of weight forward.

Also, if you feel your legs...
Forum: Freestyle 09-30-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,976
Posted By tony0000
I found that once I started on TI, I did not want...

I found that once I started on TI, I did not want to go back to my regular stroke. (As an aside, my belief has always been that the TI books and videos are targeted toward people who are learning to...
Forum: Freestyle 07-29-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,847
Posted By tony0000
Regarding 3, I think I am one of the proponents...

Regarding 3, I think I am one of the proponents around here of snorkels. I don't know how many agree with me, but I think they are great for getting the basic stroke down before adding breathing,...
Forum: Freestyle 06-04-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 2,412
Posted By tony0000
Coach Suzzane, You ask what my goal is. Fair...

Coach Suzzane,

You ask what my goal is. Fair question.

I'm mostly thinking about lake swimming. While doing it, I enjoy glancing at the scenery and the lake floor. Swimming faster would allow me...
Forum: Freestyle 05-28-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 2,412
Posted By tony0000
Fins for Swimming

Fins come is a variety of styles, short/long, stiff/flexible, heel/strap, etc. What style of fin works best with the TI-crawl if one's goal is to swim far and fast using them? That is, I'm not...
Forum: Butterfly 05-26-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 6,299
Posted By tony0000
Fins for Butterfly

A TI video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voGWW36dQwE (5:00), suggests that fins may be useful in learning the basic butterfly body rhythm. The fins used by the person in the film seem somewhat...
Forum: Freestyle 05-14-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 4,006
Posted By tony0000
Danny, I have two pairs of AS Kaiman goggles...

Danny,

I have two pairs of AS Kaiman goggles that are barely used that you could have. Let me know if you're interested.

Tony
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