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View Poll Results: How did you learn your new TI freestyle?
Drill Practice 28 87.50%
Satisfied? 22 68.75%
Dissatisfied? 1 3.13%
Whole Stroke Practice 13 40.63%
Satisfied? 10 31.25%
Dissatisfied? 2 6.25%
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Old 01-01-2011
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Default How Did You Learn Your TI Freestyle?

OK, I goofed up the poll on another thread, but think it's worth asking the question... how did you learn your TI freestyle?
The poll will be a little less flexible than posting, so please weigh in on not just how you learned, but:
Would you do it differently if you could?
Did you start one way, then switch?
If you're happy or unhappy, why?
You get the idea...
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So please vote for one of the methods:
Drill Practice or Whole Stroke Practice.
Then vote for either Satisfied or Dissatisfied for your method.
Thanks.
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My vote was obvious. Being a former competative swimmer some 45 years ago, taking up swimming some 4 years ago and discovering Total Immersion Swimming 3 months ago, drilling felt to be the quickest alternative to learn the new technique. The Self Coached Workshop DVD seems to have been a great tool for me to reprogram my muscles.

In our group of TI swimmers the ones focused on drilling have improved the most. However, we have been the most motivated to learn the new technique. The others still put swimming to get exercise in the first place and the technique in the second place, so the comparison might not be fair.

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I started with drills in order to learn how to breathe without a snorkel. The minute I was able to swim without losing my breath, it was all whole stroke for quite awhile. Then I saw my stroke on video, and I switched to a combination heavy on drills and light on whole stroke. Now, its 50/50, but once in awhile I swim all whole stroke to see how my stroke holds up over distance.
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I mix the two. In the beginning it was mainly whole stroke and then I went to a workshop (for all four strokes) and had some tuition in the drills. After that I still did mainly whole stroke but sometimes would do favorite drills for a part of the practice. I'm coming round to the view after a few years of proceeding this way that more drills would be a good idea.
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I do half drill/half whole stroke. Right now I am using the tempo trainer to extend the distance at which I can maintain 20 strokes/25 yds.

Right now, I am using 1.3 seconds and can do five sets of 250 yards before my strokes/lap get to 22.
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I do both, too. A few lengths of drilling, then maybe a lap of wholestroke with a particular focus on what I have just drilled, then a couple of lengths drilling again, etc.
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I now do a slow whole stroke warmup 200m, then about 400m of drills and then the rest is (approx 1800m) full stroke.
May we swim with ease at the speeds we choose.
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I've learned the value of the drills, especially when trying to apply that drill knowledge to whole stroke. However a lot of learning has been gained through video posted here along with the constructive critiques offered. Seeing then doing .... included in the practice (based on the foundation gained from the drills) ... has been a satisfactory learning technique, for me. Certainly having an instructor's guidance would have produced faster results but sometimes self teaching has its place too.
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I started my TI practice with very heavy reliance on drills and a very extended focus on Balance, Streamlining and Stroke Length. It was 10+ years before I focused on propulsion skills and Stroke Rate.

Now I do 99% Whole Stroke.
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