Hi Brad! Here are my notes from the pool deck for our session on April 19th. I’ve made some additional notes now that I’ve seen the video.
– Very first thing I see is that you have a wonderful long reach with your swim stroke.
– Great body position in the water.
– Great rhythm with your kicking.
– An area we need to work on is your hand entry, with both where and how it enters the water. Look at the video @ 0.36s and you can see how your hands are entering the water facing the sides of the pool. Ideally your fingertips should all be flat with the water’s surface and point down as they enter the water.
– From 0.21s and onwards in the video we can see that right now you’re swimming with too straight of an arm. Focus on swimming with a high elbow, with your elbow as close to the water’s surface as possible.
– Can also see in the video how much better your body rotates on your left side as you breath. Need to balance that out so you’re rotating that well on both sides!
Here is your video from our session:
Here are some drills that would be good for you:
Heads Up Drill
To improve where your hands enter in the water, swim with your head above the water so you can see where and how your hands enter the water. Swim wide with thumbs and fingers entering together and in-line. Try to have your hands enter the water right between your ear and shoulder.
Elbow Bend Drill (to get used to swimming with a higher elbow)
To catch more water, make the first part of your pull the dropped elbow. Swimming with one arm only while the other stays outstretched in front of you, reach your swimming hand out in front of you, then bend the elbow and move your hand 90-degrees so your fingertips go from pointing in front of you to pointing to the bottom of the pool while keeping the elbow high, then pull through with good body rotation.
Swimming Over A Barrel (also to get used to swimming with a higher elbow)
Imagine swimming over an imaginary barrel in the water, so that you’re reaching out and bending your elbow down over the barrel (fingertips down). Once your arm has bent from the elbow over that imaginary barrel, pull back with your elbow high at the water’s surface.
Great swimming today. Feel free to pull me aside at any time on the pool deck to talk specifically about your swim stroke.