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In this unique drill to teach the importance of “flat streamlining”, the proper movement and body alignment are emphasized here. The swimmer utilizes the technique of “upside-down underwater” breaststroke swimming with tips from 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coach, Frank Busch.
Using the techniques presented will increase your distance per stroke.
In this exceptional video, Richard Quick, one of the world’s most successful coaches at Stanford, Texas and Auburn, utilizes his analysis of which techniques lead to fast swimming. You will get a look at a demonstration that puts Coach Quick’s principles into practice by showing the proper form for the palm pressure, arm push, snap into line and maintaining abs posture.
This backstroke start from the gutter is a little more difficult, but it will really help improve your posture.
Ian Pope explains the proper technique for the “underwater fly kick” off the start and turns including whole-body movement, snap of the tail, head in-line with spine and a vertical kicking drill. This is an excellent video showing Ian Pope’s instructional techniques for coaching both elite swimmers and age groupers.
The “fifth stroke” is most effective in the backstroke and you will learn how it can add propulsion.
12X NCAA Championship Coach, Richard Quick, starts this video with explanation on the starting block. Listen to discussion of the importance of correct posture, sight line, knee placement, and roll.
Remember to pick a hole in the water to aim for and make sure to dive down to the bottom of the pool.
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.