One of the drills used by some backstroke coaches, but not as far as I know by TI coaches, is the drill in which you push off with your head somewhat up and facing towards your feet and just try to move your arms as fast as possible, without thinking of any fine points. I don't think it's possible to swim a full 25 meters with this stroke but it does encourage a quick catch and recovery with no pauses. I think it may be called the windmill drill. I'll try to find out.
I think it's very likely that it's not encouraged by the TI school, which tends to favour a long, powerful and smooth stroke. The aim in all good backstroke, of course, is to try to have as continuous a stroke as possible, ideally with no pauses.
PS Some call it the spin drill.
Last edited by Richardsk : 08-26-2013 at 05:39 PM.