Hi Christie! Here are my notes from the pool deck for our session on March 08.
– you have really good body position, meaning your whole body is right under the water’s surface.
– 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.
– your hands drop a lot between starting your pull with your arms and starting your body rotation. the first movement with the extended hand should be bending the elbow 90-degrees while keeping the elbow high.
– you kick really well and have a great rhythm with your kicking!
Some drills that would be good for you:
Elbow Bend Drill
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 From The Hips
Swim with a strong, engaged core while swimming “from the hips” to help improve your body rotation. Think of having good posture in the water, just as you would if sitting at a desk. Shoulders back, chest out, bellybutton back.
Great swimming today. Feel free to pull me aside at any time on the pool deck to talk specifically about your swim stroke.