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Old 09-16-2018
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Default Skating Drill - 45 or 90 degree rotation?

Hi!

I've been doing the TI drills for about a month now and today I've finally succeeded in doing the skating drill without swallowing gallons of water! I am, however, unsure whether I did it correctly as I have read contradictory information regarding the body position. My TI book says the following:

"Swivel your head and look directly at the bottom, rolling to your side as you do. After you look down, pause and check: Are you looking directly down? Are you balanced on your side with your shoulder pointing directly up? Is your extended hand below your head?"

To me, this sounds like a 90 degree roll. Some videos on Youtube show more of a 45 degree roll though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neokpjNKMYE

Which one is correct?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-16-2018
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I think the book is not the newest edition :o)

It's about 45°. That's the same position you will have when you swim whole stroke. 90° leads to over rotation in whole stroke.

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Inge
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Old 09-16-2018
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Yes, my edition is a little older ... :D

Thanks for you reply, I'll try it with 45 degrees from now on! :)
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It feels a bit different, so it takes a bit to get comfortable and to get YOUR right position. Try out what happens if you change the "spearing point" of the arm. Put it more up and down (y-axis) and more in and out (x-axis). The point you can comfortably hold the arm without loosing balance is your right point. And it's rather out and rather a bit down than closer to the mid line or to the surface.

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Old 09-17-2018
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Hello LoveContraption,

just additionally to Inge's very good hints. Don't think too much in degrees. Try to rotate as little as possible. This means a relaxed recovery with elbow not behind the scapular plane and finger-tips drawing a line at surface and "risky inhale" (surface just at mouth-angle of turned head) should be possible.

Terry himself said, he expressed himself misleadingly. What he would have said: Don't swim flat on your belly!

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Werner
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