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LoveContraption 09-16-2018 02:50 PM

Skating Drill - 45 or 90 degree rotation?

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:

Which one is correct?

Thanks in advance!

IngeA 09-16-2018 04:08 PM

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.

Best regards.


LoveContraption 09-16-2018 07:16 PM

Yes, my edition is a little older ... :D

Thanks for you reply, I'll try it with 45 degrees from now on! :)

IngeA 09-16-2018 07:29 PM

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.

Best regards

WFEGb 09-16-2018 11:14 PM

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!

Best regards,

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