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From head on, it’s easy to see one of Scott’s main focus points: Full-Body Rotation.
The head is rock steady…while the body rotates cleanly and completely around the spineline.
Notice that everything rotates at the same time – shoulders, torso, and hips – and that Scott’s shoulder actually clears the water.
This reduces the amount of frontal resistance, and is one of the major benefits of a straight-arm recovery. It allows the body to rotate freely, and brings the lats and shoulders out of the water.
From the surface, we can see Scott’s smooth, steady, rhythmic rotation from side to side.
In this clip, let’s focus on the torso – from Scott’s shoulders down to his hips.
Here’s an underwater closeup of the hips, legs, and feet.
Look for full-body rotation. When Scott gets on his side and extends forward, you see a clear, straight, spineline. Then he rotates to show chest and bellybutton on the other side.
At slow speed, Scott exaggerates his rotation. He gets on his side and really rides out the extension.
As he increases the pace and the stroke rate, Scott lets go of some of the rotation, but it’s still in there.
He makes sure that the things he practices at slow speed – like full-body rotation, balance, and extension – and still there when he goes fast.