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Understand the importance of the sometimes forgotten aspect of the breaststroke, which is undulation. Frank Busch of the University of Arizona coaching staff, has his swimmer show you drills to emphasize correct undulation, start to finish.
Viewing this clip will inform you on the mental concept and the physical feeling of “rolling over the barrel” at the end of the undulation.
Olympic and National Team Coach for Australia, Ian Pope, provides instructional stroke techniques for improving both elite swimmers and age groupers. Discover the importance of stroke efficiency that will lead to faster swimming.
Coach Pope will give you insight on how to get a feel for the water, and how to hold the water and balance without over-rotating.
Learn stroke finishing and recovery tips from Jack Bauerle, who was the Team USA Women’s Head Coach at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Finishing the stroke and the recovery should be comfortable and easy with no stress on the shoulders. This will ensure that the recovery will not contribute to swimmer fatigue and reduce the power of the pull stroke.
Coach Bauerle’s advice is accompanied by excellent demonstration from one of his former athletes.
This instructional clip features legendary swimming coach, Richard Quick. The demonstration of a fast start is accompanied by Coach Quick’s explanations of how to pick a “hole in the water” and take a deep plunge through it.
Other key aspects in this drill are lining up the arms and dropping the front knee.
In this presentation Ian Pope, Australian Olympic coach, describes the “arm power zone” and proper body rotation to bring the body toward the hand. Also, watch to see how the swimmer can utilize the “one arm press” to engage the under arm and lats to supply more muscle into the stroke.
Make sure your arm is in front of the chest during the catch phase of the backstroke. Timing is crucial for the most power.