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Old 04-26-2013
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Hi all - first post for me! Does anybody know what the TI 'stance' is on drag-shorts during training? Indeed, any thoughts/feedback on this training tool would be appreciated.

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Old 04-26-2013
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I can't say for sure but I am fairly certain that drag shorts would get the thumbs down.

Since one of the main objects of the TI method is to reduce drag as much as possible, wearing a garment that increases drag seems to go against the basic principle.
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Old 04-28-2013
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Thanks for this.

I suppose I was initially thinking that there might be something of a fist-glove 'effect' with drag shorts. By this I mean if TI 'slipperiness' is practiced whilst wearing drag shorts; then when the drag shorts are removed, there might be a sensation of 'super-slipperiness'.
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I think this is the theory behind swimming with paddles, swimming against resistance etc. but as far as I understand it few of these methods seem to have scientifically proven results to back them up. The principle of specificity keeps cropping up.

I'm not sure how this applies to fistgloves, which were a major part of TI thinking but seem to have faded somewhat. Personally I could not see any advantage of fistgloves over swimming with closed fists, but of course I could be wrong.
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Old 04-28-2013
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depends how d raggy you already are. THere are p lenty of ways to increase the force needed to swim, which is what you are doing by adding drag. The risk is adding that force prematurely in the wrong way. While they seem innocuous, I'd say drag shorts, like paddles are an advanced training tool and most wont benefit to the degree they'd like to think. It does feel nice when you reduce the drag, but has it improved your technique?
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