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Old 06-26-2018
Danny Danny is offline
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I just went back to look at the film you posted of Thorpe, and it seems to me that he has a much better grip on the water than Shelley. One of the things that Thorpe does to get this better grip is that he has a slight undulation in his stroke. This means that as his arm goes in up front his head is moving deeper. He also keeps his elbow much closer to an up position as he spears forward, which Shelley does not. Shelley has no undulation at all that I can see. All of this seems to be very subtle differences, but when I look at the traction in the stroke, the difference between Mel and Thorpe vs. Shelley seems quite noticeable. Sometimes the big picture tells me more than looking at the individual details.
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