Our set of the week focuses on hand entry and extension.
To protect everyone's shoulders, we've been starting each practice with some dryland shoulder exercises, and using drills and kicking when in the pool.
Here are some frame grabs from the clips uploaded so far to goswimtv.com featuring Roland Schoeman.
This week's pic is of Olympian hero, Jason Lezak setting up for a massive pull.
Butterfly! Look for the levers in the body in this image.
Instinct is a tough thing to discover, and what you instinctively do with your hands can have a direct impact on your performance.
If you've ever seen any TV police drama, there will be a scene where the suspect is placed against the wall, hands high, and pressed forward so the police can search him. This position just happens to be a great example of the press on butterfly.
While taking some pictures of the swimmers this morning, I found the following comparison pretty interesting.
One of the biggest problems coaches and swimmers have to overcome with backstroke, is the overreach on the hand entry.
Swimming smooth and pretty sure looks good but, unfortunately, it's not always the fastest mode of transportation. How firmly you enter your hand in backstroke can determine how fast, or how efficient, you are.
One of the first requests we received on the iPhone app, was to discuss, or illustrate, how the hand should enter the water on freestyle.
Nearing the end of the year, this is just a reminder to keep reaching!
Moving fast through the water requires a couple things: a great catch and a high-speed turnover. Sometimes, the harder you try, the less return you get on the water. By using tools, this becomes easier to feel.