Hi John! 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
– You have a wonderful long reach with a great pull through the water.
– Your arm is a little bit too straight as you pull back so we’re going to work on getting you to swim with a higher elbow.
– Hand entry in the water could be cleaner, with your hand entering the water sooner. Look at the video @ 0.33s and you can see how your arms enter the water first, followed by your elbow then hand. Should be the opposite! You want your hand entering the water first (fingertips down), then elbow, then arm. You should finish the stroke under the water and this will allow you to lengthen your reach even more to take advantage of your upper body strength.
– Legs are not doing too much behind you but since your upper body is so powerful you still have good body position at the water’s surface.
– One thing we do need to work on with your kicking is tightening things up a bit (see video @ 0.08s and again @ 0.18s). You’re doing what’s called a scissor kick, and that spreads the feet too far apart and creates too much drag. This is slowing you down a bit. Focus on having the feet kick much closer together with your feet inside a shoebox. That’s how small the movements of the feet should be, and all the kicking should come from the hips.
Here is the video from today’s session:
Here are some drills that would be good for you:
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 (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.
Torpedo Kick (to get those feet closer together)
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.
Great swimming today. Feel free to pull me aside at any time on the pool deck to talk specifically about your swim stroke.