Originally Posted by landbarge
Just thought of an analogy.
I'm a lifelong golfer who rarely practices, sometimes I don't even warm up, yet I still shoot in the seventies.
I know that it's pointless for a high handicapper to whack ball after ball for hours on the driving range practicing the wrong swing, even it produces good results on the range because it'll never hold up on the golf course. Better to have a plan on the driving range and once too tired to execute the plan, walk away.
Understanding a good swing and having it ingrained is what allows lifelong golfers to go out and score a decent round.
Golfer - perfect! Me too, well mostly former golfer after having kids years ago, but get in an occasional scrambles charity game once a year.
Swimming and golf, same philosophy - all skill. Power from the core, relaxed shoulders, light grip, drive from hip. And head position! Head moves during the swing, interrupts axis of the pendulum - shank the ball, dig a hole and lose kinetic energy from the core and club head speed. Head position is as critical in swimming, head-spine aligned, keep very quite on non breathing strokes. Head moves left, right, up down - the spine will follow and hands and feet respond with creative (instinctive) movements to stabilize the platform due to the soft, bending spine. :-)
Apply the same approach to swimming as you do with golf :-)