This is one of the most uniquely informative freestyle technique DVDs that has ever been produced.
Ian Pope dedicates this presentation to comparing and contrasting the technical nuances of the distance freestyle of three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Grant Hackett to that of Australian sprinter Matt Targett, a 2008 Olympic medalist and NCAA champion at Auburn. Both of these greats swam under Pope.
Pope's nine-part instruction focuses on:
As an added bonus, Pope works with a small group of young swimmers to demonstrate several drills in skill areas that pose the greatest coaching challenges.
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50 minutes. 2011.
The unique achievement of Australian world championship Coach Ian Pope in his Championship Productions swimming instruction video is to acknowledge and highlight the differences between sprint freestyle technique and championship form in distance swimming. In this amazing video, Pope utilizes two of the great swimmers from Down Under: distance champion and multiple record setter Grant Hackett and sprint champion Matt Targett. Pope highlights the differences in body alignment, kick, arm recovery, high elbow, glide, stroke timing and breathing patterns that are unique to fast swimming at the different distances. Both the underwater and above water videos clearly show what coach Pope is explaining - and in a way that coaches and swimmers watching this video can understand and apply in the pool. To assist the coach and swimmer he also includes 10 drills that sensitize the swimmer to maintaining correct body alignment and stroke mechanics. This is the only video available that differentiates the different techniques and explains why a sprint style stroke will result in a fatigued swimmer in a longer race and why a distance stroke cannot generate sufficient power to win in the shorter sprints. Most American college and high school coaches focus on sprint technique almost exclusively because meets are in a short course pool and have so many freestyle sprint events. Coach Pope has coached many world class long course distance swimmers and is clear that there is a difference in techniques. This is a great swimming instructional video that can lead to faster swimming for both freestyle sprinters as well as the middle distance and long distance swimmers in your program.
Roy Pinchot, Previously, Captain, Northwestern Swimming;Currently, Germantown Masters Swim Team, Maryland
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Good comparisons were given between sprint and longer distance swim. Many tips were given for freestyle improvement.
Sometimes comparisons given by Ian and video shots seemed need more synchronization as I felt confused sometimes.
It would have been even greater if more timely video shots were given in different angles like Frank Busch or Matt Kreditch videos. Also I would like to have more systematic approach and more reasons were given as to why certain ways of swimming is effective.
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