Not all drills are about body position, and this one sure isn't.
Over a decade ago as we were starting the Drill of the Week, we published a drill called Shoulder Pop. It's great that's still so valid, and here's some advanced views on that.
We've focused on backstroke kick before, but this is a small detail that can also help your entire body position.
When our swimmers start to move forward to a more advanced level, it's time to take some time to focus on hand speed.
Incorporating simple balance drills during kick sets has dual benefits to your swimming.
Building on last week's backstroke thumb-out, pinky-in drill, here's a way to work the backstroke catch into the progression.
Identifying how the hands work in backstroke is the beginning of developing a good recovery and catch.
Most swimmers are familiar with the classic Spin Drill for building hand speed during the entry and catch in backstroke. This week's drill is designed to build hand speed as the hands EXIT the water on backstroke.
It's been six years since we posted this drill, and 100 years since it was first introduced, but a better visual was necessary.
Revisiting an old drill originally posted in 2003, some things just never go out of style.
Having a successful pushoff in backstroke means being able to stay under water long enough to take advantage of your underwater dolphin.
Helping swimmers overcome a crossover in backstroke is a pretty standard job of coaches. Here's a quick progression that helps some swimmers.
There's more than one way to use your favorite piece of equipment. Flutter kick with a pull buoy will help you develop a smoother, faster backstroke (and freestyle).
One of the biggest problems coaches and swimmers have to overcome with backstroke, is the overreach on the hand entry.