David Marsh's Next Wave Technique: Butterfly

David Marsh's Next Wave Technique: Butterfly
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  • Learn how to teach a flatter, more connected butterfly
  • Learn how to breathe without disrupting the rhythm of the stroke
  • Listen in as Olympic Coach and 12x NCAA Championship coach David Marsh dissects the more modern aspects of the butterfly stroke
  • Learn how to best develop an efficient high catch position to set up the ideal pull

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with David Marsh, Head Coach, SwimMAC Carolina;
2012 US Olympic Team Assistant Coach; 3x Olympic Coach;
8x NCAA Coach of the Year, 12 X NCAA Championships at Auburn

David Marsh is a world-class coach and stroke technician who has won 12 NCAA championships and coached numerous Olympians. In this presentation, Coach Marsh shares essential drills for helping swimmers and coaches develop a masterful butterfly. With the assistance of an elite-level swimmer, Coach Marsh starts with the basics of executing the whole of the stoke correctly and then progresses to more advanced drills that work on timing, rhythm and power.

The butterfly is one of the most difficult strokes to learn and master. With Coach Marsh's "Press and Release" drill progressions, you can overcome the challenge by developing correct body position in the water. These drills teach athletes that the more they press and release the chest without using a power driving kick to create speed, the more potential there is for faster performances.

Today's best flyers have a flatter stroke that stays more connected through the pull. Coach Marsh's pulling drills emphasize an early high elbow catch that accelerates as the hands move under the body, which is very similar to a freestyle-pulling pattern. The goal is to land the stroke in no more than four inches of water.

The timing of the breath is one of the hardest aspects of the stroke to learn. Correct timing involves getting a breath early in the stroke and staying low to the surface of the water. To help swimmers learn this technique, Coach Marsh uses a "Triangle Drill." This drill teaches swimmers to breathe early in the stroke and to keep the head from staying up too long.

This comprehensive presentation teaches the stroke using very basic drills for beginners and drills for developing power in the stroke for more advanced swimmers. By practicing these drills regularly, athletes will learn the proper timing of the butterfly stroke and will develop a more efficient and effective stroke.

Watch as Coach Marsh shares a teaching session he conducts with some of his younger SwimMAC athletes. You will see Coach Marsh work his technical magic as he shows how the drills and technical nuances he uses with his professional swimmers are just as effective with his developing athletes. The Endless Pool creates an intimate teaching situation. Swimmers watch themselves in the bottom mirror and get immediate feedback on the technical aspects Marsh presents to them.

53 minutes. 2014.

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