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Find the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Five time Big Ten champion head coach, Ray Looze, presents a breaststroke drill that will help you figure out if the weakness of your stroke is the pull or kick. By comparing this drill to fast 100 breaststroke swims, you’ll be able to target what to work on in practice.

Kick Pull Swimming

Drill Summary: For this drill, the swimmer does 25 meters of just breaststroke kicking, does a flip turn, then does 25 meters of pulling with a dolphin kick. When they return to the wall, they once again perform a flip turn, then swim down and back using a full breaststroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Breaststroke Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Get a Feel for Backstroke Hand Action!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Whitney Hite, head coach at the University of Wisconsin, uses the “Up Top Scull” drill to train swimmers how to use their hands above their head for the backstroke. Being able to generate maximum propulsion is essential for faster times, and this drill can help swimmers accomplish that.

Up Top Scull

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off from the wall, perform a couple dolphin kicks, then get into a light flutter kick and work on the initial catch up top in their backstroke. For this position in the water, swimmers should be tilted slightly on their side and avoid making too much unnecessary movement. Once one hand is drilled, switch to the other hand.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Backstroke Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Use a Stretch Cord to Improve Your Freestyle!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

A training tool you may not have much experience with that can help your swimmers learn to swim on the top of the water is a stretch cord. In this clip, eight time NCAA Coach of the Year, David Marsh, shows you a series of drills using a stretch cord aimed at training the freestyle.

Tubing Drills

Drill Summary: There are a variety of ways you can use a stretch cord to improve a swimmer’s freestyle. One way is for resistance, which can be achieved by slowly letting a swimmer away from you by providing slack at a slow pace, which will help them add power to their stroke. Another method is to use the stretch cord to pull them toward you, which will teach them to glide on the top of the water and keep their body as flat and narrow as possible.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “David Marsh’s Next Wave Technique: Freestyle.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Develop Better Feel in the Water!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

If you’re looking for a drill that will strengthen swimmers’ core muscles while improving their feel in the water, look no further than the “Ballet Leg Sculling” drill from Oklahoma Baptist University head coach Sam Freas. The drill will prove to be a challenge for swimmers lacking in technique, making it easy to recognize who needs the most help.

Ballet Leg Sculling

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall on their backs and put one leg straight up into the air. While holding the leg in the air, they must scull until they make it all the way across the pool. Then, do the same thing holding the other leg in the air on the way back.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Swimming Practice with Sam Freas.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Learn to Lead with the Elbow on the Freestyle Recovery!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chloe Sutton, three-time USA Swimming National Champion, presents a great drill to help teach the correct form for the recovery on the freestyle stroke. The “Shark Fin Drill” will teach swimmers to lead with their elbow as they pull their trail arm out of the water for their next stroke.

Shark Fin Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off from the wall and get into their freestyle stroke. Imagine that the water is ice, and focus on “breaking the ice” with the trail elbow on the recovery. Once the elbow is up out of the water, pause there for a second in the stroke. Do this with every stroke for the length of the pool. Make sure to keep the kick going strong to keep the body in a straight line during this drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Distance Freestyle with Chloe Sutton and Peter Vanderkaay.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




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