Hi Carol! Here are my notes from the pool deck for our session on March 08.
– your hands are “crossing the line”, which means they’re crossing the centre line of the body. if you get the hands entering the water outside of that centre line you’ll be able to rotate and pull much more efficiently. try having your hands enter the water right between your ear and shoulder.
– you kick really well!
– good body position as well.
– really good high-arm recovery, meaning your elbows are nice and high as they come out of the water and get ready for the next stroke.
– you don’t have much body rotation. get those hips driving the body rotation so that your hips are perpendicular with the bottom of the pool with each stroke.
– feet could be kicking a bit closer together. try to imagine your feet are kicking inside a shoebox.
Some drills that would be good for you:
Swimming From The Hips
Swim with a strong, engaged core while swimming “from the hips”. Think of having good posture in the water, just as you would if sitting at a desk. Shoulders back, chest out, bellybutton back. This will help improve your rotation.
Heads Up Drill
To improve where your hands enter in the water (to get them outside of that centre line), 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.
Use this to help yourself getting used to swimming “wider” and outside the line. With your elbows and shoulders all aligned at shoulder level, move your hands, fingertips down, in small, quick circular or figure-eight movements. These small littles circles will propel you forward. Do one length of the pool, swim the next length and feel the benefit of the drill, then repeat. Ideally done with a snorkel.
Great swimming today. Feel free to pull me aside at any time on the pool deck to talk specifically about your swim stroke.