Hi Fred! 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
– The very first thing I see with you is that you have a wonderful hand entry into the water. Fingers enter together and in line, then spread out a bit as you start to pull back.
– You also have a great long reach.
– Good rhythm with the kicking although the feet aren’t doing too much. They’re hanging back behind you but you have such great propulsion with your upper body that it’s okay, and I don’t think we need to spend too much time working on your kicking.
– One thing we need to work on with you is getting you to swim with a higher elbow. Right now you’re swimming with your arms to straight (see video @ 0.41s). You have great body rotation so we’re going to work on getting your elbow closer to the water’s surface to take advantage of that rotation.
– I would also have you start working on bending the elbow a bit before you start to pull back. Bend it down 90-degrees just before you start to pull, then let it meet your elbow at the shoulder and they can pull back together from there.
Here is your video from today’s session:
Here are some drills that would be good for you:
Sculling (to get used to swimming with a higher elbow)
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.
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
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.