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Forum: Freestyle 01-04-2016
Replies: 48
Views: 24,024
Posted By Mike Wray
novaswimmer, I agree with you here. I've noticed...

novaswimmer, I agree with you here. I've noticed the same thing.
Forum: Freestyle 01-04-2016
Replies: 48
Views: 24,024
Posted By Mike Wray
The only way for most men to float horizontally...

The only way for most men to float horizontally without forward movement is to hold arms out front. No amount of muscle tension in the pelvic region will achieve this.
Forum: Freestyle 11-22-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4,782
Posted By Mike Wray
The proportions and relative positions of his...

The proportions and relative positions of his thorax and legs remind me of Shinji. He has a very streamlined shape in the water. His feet stay above the lowest point of his chest. He certainly has a...
Forum: Freestyle 11-22-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
Hi Stuart, For a start I didn't say we all agree....

Hi Stuart,
For a start I didn't say we all agree. I was directing that comment to Zenturtle who had agreed with a particular point that the momentum change of the arm, or rod in his example, wasn't...
Forum: Freestyle 11-21-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
The idea of the arm with a paddle at the end was...

The idea of the arm with a paddle at the end was not my example. I simply said that forward momentum of the arm cannot produce forward motion and we have agreed on that.

On the second issue, weight...
Forum: Freestyle 11-21-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
I can comment on that. The gunpowder powers the...

I can comment on that. The gunpowder powers the rod(your arm) round. The paddle at the end, which is your angled hand, will indeed provide some propulsion when it enters the water. That isn't a very...
Forum: Freestyle 11-21-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
Shinji really does have an amazing style. He...

Shinji really does have an amazing style. He exemplifies the TI method with perfect balance and streamlining. I have a feeling it has something to do with the proportions of his body and legs. Can...
Forum: Freestyle 11-19-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
Just to go back to the original post, it seems to...

Just to go back to the original post, it seems to me that the idea that you can pull yourself down the pool using the momentum of your arm is illusory. Imagine sitting on a skateboard and trying to...
Forum: Freestyle 11-18-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
I certainly didn't mean to imply that JE's stroke...

I certainly didn't mean to imply that JE's stroke is not efficient. It clearly must be. I just doubt if you can borrow very much from her. There are so many factors like body shape and flexibility,...
Forum: Freestyle 11-18-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
The big factor with all these elite swimmers is...

The big factor with all these elite swimmers is that they are VERY fit. Its true of all the top line athletes. Just compare marathon running elite times to times that a recreational runner can run. ...
Forum: Freestyle 11-15-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 8,132
Posted By Mike Wray
In this video Popov actually uses a kayak paddle...

In this video Popov actually uses a kayak paddle to demonstrate style.
https://youtu.be/kl157MCPM-c
Forum: Freestyle 11-11-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
Yes I agree with that! Do you know who it is?

Yes I agree with that! Do you know who it is?
Forum: Freestyle 11-11-2015
Replies: 240
Views: 87,308
Posted By Mike Wray
With respect, I find this very difficult to...

With respect, I find this very difficult to understand!!!!
Forum: Freestyle 11-04-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 8,037
Posted By Mike Wray
Chris, I'm sure it is good practice to try to...

Chris,
I'm sure it is good practice to try to even out your stroke but I know some very good swimmers who breath to one side only. I don't think it is so important to breath both sides. You can still...
Forum: Freestyle 10-30-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
Hi Danny, That's an interesting video. Thanks for...

Hi Danny,
That's an interesting video. Thanks for posting it. That is certainly weight shift, rather than pushing on water, as you say. If you considered it in detail you could explain exactly what...
Forum: Freestyle 10-29-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
The big difference between being on land and in...

The big difference between being on land and in water is that on land your feet are anchored to the ground. You can lean one way or the other and friction between the floor and your feet will stop...
Forum: Freestyle 10-29-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
Tomoy, I nearly mentioned the falling cats issue...

Tomoy,
I nearly mentioned the falling cats issue but I thought it would complicate things unnecessarily . Zenturtle's explanation is right. This works in space or even air. Water is too viscous a...
Forum: Freestyle 10-28-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
Woodwards 26. The result of your experiment is as...

Woodwards 26. The result of your experiment is as I would expect and I think your analysis of the situation is correct.
Forum: Freestyle 10-28-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
Zenturtle, You are right in your thinking....

Zenturtle, You are right in your thinking. Without lift from the legs it is impossible to alter attitude in the water because, as I said before, there is nothing to react against. Newton's 3rd law of...
Forum: Freestyle 10-26-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
Hi Stuart, I don't think it would be appropriate...

Hi Stuart,
I don't think it would be appropriate for me to go through the book picking out details to illustrate my point because it will appear that I am trying to undermine TI, which I am not....
Forum: Freestyle 10-25-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
My use of the word "dogma" was not intended to be...

My use of the word "dogma" was not intended to be rude or disrespectful of the TI theory. I used it in the sense defined in Wikepedia as

"Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an...
Forum: Freestyle 10-24-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
Hi Stuart, Arms are not outside body line. I am...

Hi Stuart,
Arms are not outside body line. I am talking about having arms and hands pointing straight along the body line above head (ie streamlined pencil shape as in start of backstroke race).If...
Forum: Freestyle 10-23-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
If I float on my back with my arms extended above...

If I float on my back with my arms extended above my head I can float flat on the surface assuming I've got a reasonable amount of air in my lungs. If I raise my hands just out of the water my feet...
Forum: Freestyle 10-23-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 19,455
Posted By Mike Wray
Zenturtle, that is a very astute observation. Its...

Zenturtle, that is a very astute observation. Its refreshing to see someone using logic rather than just following the dogma. I'm not sure of the answer though! Maybe WFEGb is right.
Forum: Freestyle 10-18-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 8,509
Posted By Mike Wray
I am not an expert but I think the only thing...

I am not an expert but I think the only thing wrong is that your legs are flailing too much. Concentrate on streamlining and keeping your feet pointed and closer together. I personally don't think...
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