Total Immersion Forums  

Go Back   Total Immersion Forums > Freestyle
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-19-2011
MarcusNZ MarcusNZ is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 5
MarcusNZ
Default Requesting feedback on video

Hi all,

I've been following the TI drills for a couple of months now -- mainly balance drills -- in an attempt to improve my freestyle technique. I certainly feel like my stroke has improved (and so has my speed in the pool).

I've put together some video at the link below. There's a lot there to work on, so my question is what should my priority be?

http://youtu.be/ARVolbwmIJ0

Many thanks in advance for any advice!

Marcus
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-20-2011
georgedoty georgedoty is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 6
georgedoty
Default

YOU Look pretty good to me. Nice glide and rotation. Try leading your arm recovery with the elbow, trailing the fingers on the surface and spear just a little deeper. Your underwater video shows you reaching upwards on your glide. Looks like a regular flutter kick rather than the two beat, but that is probably ok for you as you look like you are swimming fast with good wind.

Last edited by georgedoty : 06-20-2011 at 02:14 AM. Reason: just to add a little
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-20-2011
daveblt daveblt is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 820
daveblt
Default

Just too add , your entry appears to be too a little too narrow . Try to widen out just a bit.
Looking good .

Dave
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-20-2011
mjm mjm is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 229
mjm
Default wide pull

Marcus: 38 seconds 34 strokes for a fifty is great. Keep up the good work.
Your horizontal position is excellent. However, even Michael Phelps is not perfect.

Your hands are way outside your elbow (and bodyline) during the catch phase. Now obviously that's not terrible but a more powerful position would have your hands and forearms angled in at less than 90 degrees. For an example, look at this Ian Thorpe video. --mjm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P31XJ16C4Ag
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-20-2011
HydraFx HydraFx is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Greater Washington DC area
Posts: 11
HydraFx
Default

I agree with comments posted above but think that your should focus mostly on the timing of your kick and the focal point of your spear. Shane Eversfield commented at my TI instructors course that the beat of the kick is much like the percussion section in a band...it sets the tempo for the rest of the players. Also try using a tempo trainer. I use one all the time especially when tweaking. Good luck
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-21-2011
MarcusNZ MarcusNZ is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 5
MarcusNZ
Default

Thanks everyone for your feedback. It's all very useful and I really appreciate it. Now to apply it to my practice!

The first thing I noticed when I watched the video was my recovery looked much stiffer than it felt. I'll definitely take your advice, George, to lead more with my elbows. I was also reminded of this video posted in another forum of Popov, where it describes a drill to emulate the 'kayak principle':

http://youtu.be/hkaX9WRTh0s

I hadn't noticed the entry before -- thanks Dave for pointing this out. It looks like my left hand enters at a unusual angle too. Something to work on along with the recovery phase.

Very interesting feedback on my kicking. I've generally avoided thinking about it so far, as I didn't think of it as the foundation of a good stroke -- perhaps it's time to give it some attention!

And finally, mjm, thanks for the video link. That has really clarified the catch for me, and what to work on.

Well, lots to work on there. My goal is to swim a couple of 5k and a 10k next summer (Kiwi summer: Dec-March), hopefully with a respectable time.

For the next few months, my plan is to play around with technique and see what works; and to get in the open water regularly and enjoy it! Come spring, I hope to get more systematic & focused with my training.

I've spent the last 10 years free diving and never really understood why I'd ever just want to 'surface swim', but right now I'm loving it :).
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.