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Old 05-27-2015
s.sciame s.sciame is offline
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Originally Posted by Zenturtle View Post

When you enter the arm at 12 oclock then its maybe better to wait a bit, keeping a patient lead arm, but now I enter more on 11 and 1 or even 10 and 2.
Today I tried to deliberately exaggerate this concept:

1) 50m entering at 11 and 1, exiting at 7 and 5
2) 50m entering at 10 and 2, exiting at 8 and 4
3) 50m entering "almost" at 9 and 3, exiting at 8 and 4
4) 50m classic, entering at 12, exiting at 6

All these reps at the same effort level.

Well, the slowest one was the 4th, the fastest were the 2nd and 3rd, equally. It was amazing how the 3rd rep could be effective despite basically NOT stroking. Comparing to the last rep (classic bk), the frontal axis felt firmer and the kick more effective.

Here I'm not saying that 3) is the right way to swim bk, of course it is an exaggeration (like it is an exaggeration to swim freestyle with a very deep spear). But it is a way to highlight that when I enter at 12 and exit at 6 I tend to break the frontal axis and/or push water in the wrong directions, while by narrowing the catch+pull path I can keep the whole body straighter and firmer.

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