Hi Tim! 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
– I can immediately see you have a nice long, very powerful swim stroke. Looks good.
– You have really good body position in terms of where your body sits at the water’s surface.
– One thing we need to work on with you is tightening up your kick (see video @ 0.21s). What you’re doing what’s called a scissor kick, and that spreads the feet too far apart and creates too much drag.
– Your feet are just dragging behind you a little bit and just sitting there (except for the scissor kicking), which is ok because your body position is so good. Just tighten up that kick a bit and get those fee closer together!
– Really good body rotation.
– We need to have you focusing on tightening up the core up a bit so your body doesn’t “snake” through the water (see video @ 0.04s). Right now your shoulders are going in one direction while your hips are going the other. If you focus on rotating entirely from the hips and swimming with a strong posture, that will improve your alignment in the water and help you swim more efficiently.
– Very powerful pull with a nice high elbow. Looks good!
Here is your video from the session:
Here are some drills that would be good for you:
Swimming From The Hips (to tighten up the core while swimming)
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 also help you improve your rotation.
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.