Hi Tom! Here are my notes from the pool deck for our session on April 26th. I’ve made some additional notes now that I’ve seen the video
– The very first thing I can see is you have a great long stroke with a good long reach.
– Great body position through the water; feet, hips and shoulders are all right at the water’s surface where they should be.
– You also pull really well through the water but we’re are going to have you work on pulling with a higher elbow.
– You “cross the line” just a little bit. Hands could be entering the water a little bit wider. If you get the hands entering the water outside of that centre line you’ll be able to rotate and pull much more efficiently. Try having your hands enter the water right between your ear and shoulder.
– You’re also entering the water thumbs first (see video @ 33s) which is exaggerating crossing the line issue, so all the work we’re going to have you work on is the catch and pull.
Here is your video from our session:
Here are some drills that would be good for you:
Sculling (to get used to swimming “wider” and to fix the “crossing the line” issue)
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.
Heads Up Drill (to fix the “crossing the line” issue)
To improve where your hands enter in the water (to get them outside of that centre line), swim with your head above the water so you can see where 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.
Elbow Bend Drill (to get used to swimming “wider” and 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 you swimming with a higher elbow)
Imagine swimming over a 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.