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Old 10-23-2010
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Do you (a) practise freestyle using TI drills or (b) just swim wholestroke and see if you can improve as you go along?

I'm (b).
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Simply put, I am B, and use focus points to adjust/improve while cruising along.

But in the early years of my TI practice I just drilled and drilled which imprinted things so deeply. Now I have 6 months of OW sea swimming, and 6 months of pool swimming. I am considering taking the first month or so of returning to the pool to just emphasize drill work, just to force myself to relax and regroup simple skills. It would be a major exercise in self-control going from 5km of whole stroke bliss to 25m drills! We'll see...
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Old 10-23-2010
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B for me....

Each swim session I aim to improve on one aspect of my stroke. Seems to be working.
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A)

I now do swim sessions where I spend (a lot) more time swimming fullstroke than doing drills. But I never ever had a swim session where I didn't do drills ( this is since a good year now). And I hope I never will. To start swimming without SG is almost unthinkable...

BTW just fullstroke is boring ;-)
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Old 10-23-2010
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Mat, thanks very much for posting those excellent videos on your youtube site. Very useful and much appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2010
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Do you (a) practise freestyle using TI drills or (b) just swim wholestroke and see if you can improve as you go along?

I'm (b).
Please define a drill

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Old 10-24-2010
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I'm A.

When I started learning TI, I did drills-only until I had learned every drill. I practiced drills for about half of my pool time and then swam breaststroke for the rest of the time. The intense focus on drills took a lot of patience, but my progress was really fast after that.

Now, if I'm trying to change something about my stroke I use drills to fix it. I've experimented with making changes while swimming whole stroke, but it hasn't worked very well. When I've done that, I've always *felt* like I was improving, but the video never showed any progress.

If I'm trying to *refine* rather than *change* my stroke, I work on it in whole stroke. Examples of refinements include lengthening, streamlining my kick, soft hook, etc.

I always include some drill lengths in my warm-up. My SPL usually goes down after a few lengths of skating, over-switch with fintertip drag and closed-fisted swimming.
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Old 10-24-2010
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I'M A

I've been swimming TI coming up on 15 years and every so often I still do a drill or two. Why not, it definitely can't hurt .

Dave
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Old 10-24-2010
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I'M A

I've been swimming TI coming up on 15 years and
every so often I still do a drill or two.
Why not, it definitely can't hurt .

Dave

Big secret here! (listen closely) I explore the whole pool and
bob up & down in the deep and stretch but

Lawrence is a great Thread Starter...nowI'm waiting for him to explore or start the swim of the butterfly! or the drills of it! the hand less dolphin body drill of butterfly is FUN!

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Depends where I'm swimming. In open water I'm a "b". in the pool I return to drills whenever I feel I need to.
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