Originally Posted by Danny
Descending, thanks for your feedback. Someone once told me that it should be possible to do full stroke butterfly without significantly more effort than it takes to do body dolphin with your arms extended in front of you. I must admit that this was not the case with my former fly style. My goal for the new style is to first learn how to do full stroke without doing any work at all with my arms, just syncing them to the rest of the motion, in which case the effort should not be significantly different than body dolphin. This would hopefully provide a safe basis to work from with my bad shoulder. Anything I achieve beyond that is just icing on the cake for me right now.
Thanks again for your help.
Sure thing. Remember not to lift your head keep your chin low. Like freestyle the head position can ruin your body position and in fly that becomes a non-starter. As in difficult to even maintain a single stroke cycle. Do a little experiment with head lift for me if you don't mind. Stand up and put your head and neck in what you would consider a neutral aligned position and take the arms through a stroke cycle noting shoulder stress and mobility. Now take your head/neck out of alignment in a manner you'd consider excessive head lifting. Feel the difference in shoulder stress? You will be shocked how not difficult it is to keep your arms flowing once you consider pushing out the back a no no and get the head flowing with the body(not disconnected). Always try to keep in mind rhythm over 'grrrrrr'. Consistently I see women pick up fly faster than men and I'm not sure why, but my mind keeps going back to guys wanting to make it a 'look how strong I am!' move. Women listen to the instruction and just flow with the undulation. We are big dumb animals sometimes.