Hi Fraser! Here are my notes from the pool deck for our sessions on March 22 and 29.
– Very strong swimmer
– Good long reach
– Good kicking rhythm
– You have a little wiggle under the water with the right-hand, and the left hand is even worse!
– Toes are pointing down
– Thumbs are entering the water first
– Your feet are not kicking very much but you still have really good body position
– Much better high-arm recovery with your left hand
– Need to work on grabbing more water at the catch! (use the elbow drill)
– Arms are too straight under the water
Here are some drills that would be good for you:
Heads Up Drill (to address thumbs entering the water first)
To improve how your hands enter the water, swim with your head above the water so you can see 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. Make sure you don’t enter the water thumbs-first.
Elbow Bend Drill (to address the little wiggle you have under the water)
To catch more water and to address the issue you’re having with your hands pausing a bit too much at the catch, 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.
Torpedo Kick (to help with where your toes are pointing)
Kick off the wall with both feet with you hands outstretched. Kick kick kick hard with small, tight kicks from the hips (not knees). Kick till exhaustion then easy regular swim to the wall, and be sure to focus on keeping your toes pointed behind you, not down to the bottom of the pool.
Great swimming today. I’ll be sure to get your video the next time I see you!