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Old 02-15-2011
Lawrence Lawrence is offline
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Default Wide tracks and anatomy

I know almost nothing about human anatomy, so apologies if this question sounds ignorant.

I have a view about the wide tracks rule. It's that it is one of a small number of principles more central to freestyle than anything else. For this reason I spend a lot of time trying to perfect my spearing along wide tracks.

What surprises me, however, is how much practice it takes to hit the tracks consistently. Breaking this down a bit:

(a) finding the right distance in front of the head to enter the water isn't too hard;

(b) finding the right angle at which to spear (such angle changes as the lead arm extends, of course) is harder but not too problematic;

(c) the hardest thing, I find, is spearing precisely forwards after entering the water at a point outside the shoulder line.

I have been wondering for some time whether this is because the shoulder joint, left to its own devices, prefers to bring the recovering hand forwards along a curved path and this path, if not deliberately overridden, will mean the hand is aiming towards the centre line when it reaches the intended distance in front of the head at which re-entry occurs.

Anyone had similar thoughts?
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