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Learn How to Finish Your Backstroke!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ray Looze, Indiana University Head Women’s Swim Coach and the Coach of 5 Big Ten Championships, presents a great demonstration of a Backstroke finish with two of his All-American athletes.  The common element in a great finish is to continue kicking until you reach the wall.

The Backstroke Finish

The first athlete finishes with a dolphin kick on her last stroke into the wall. This allows an athlete to get one more push for the wall and can mean the difference between taking first or second. The second athlete continues to flutter kick all the way to the wall. Coach Looze explains that one of the common errors in finishing is not keeping your kick going all the way until you actually touch the wall.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Start to Finish Backstroke.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




Discover Key Concepts for Your Backstroke Turns!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, focuses on the backstroke turn. This video works on concepts of the backstroke turn to ensure proper foot placement in the middle of the cross, as well as proper streamline push offs.

Backstroke Turn

The video works on the usual 3 arm strokes from the flags into the roll and tuck with the feet placed against the wall. The drill stresses that proper backstroke foot placement places the feet in the middle of the cross to maintain a straight line streamlined push off. It is critical that the swimmer take the exact number of strokes into the turn to maximize the turn position and foot placement.

Watch and learn more from Championship Productions’ DVD “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Develop Your Backstroke Turns for Lower Times!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, teaches youth swimmers techniques of the backstroke turn. They will learn to try to take a last breath before rolling over to their stomach to begin the turn. This drill emphasizes rolling over without pausing for that last breath, which will break up the necessary rhythm and speed of the turn.

Backstroke Turn

Each athlete has to decide a direction they will turn by which side they feel more comfortable turning toward.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” VIEW other world class Turns videos in our massive Swimming library!




Train Like an Olympian with this Backstroke Instruction!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Get a rare look at what it’s like to train like an Olympian! Six time Olympic Medalist, Matt Grevers, goes over his favorite drill called the ‘Double Arm Backstroke.’ This exercise helps you work on your hand positioning and pull.

Double Arm Backstroke

Use a normal flutter kick throughout this drill. Your hands will exit the water leading with your thumbs, and enter the water leading with your pinky fingers. Make sure that your hands during the pull are about 6-8 inches below the surface.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Backstroke with Matt Grevers.” VIEW other world class Backstroke videos in our massive Swimming library!




Work on Your Backstroke Starts with Legendary Coach, Richard Quick!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, November 29, 2013

In this insightful clip, Richard Quick, one of the world’s most successful coaches at Stanford, Texas and Auburn, utilizes his deep analysis of which techniques lead to fast swimming. Maximizing the backstroke start distance includes concepts on palm pressure, arm push, leg jump and hip snap. 

Backstroke Starts

Make sure you are in position to push against the bar as soon as the race starts.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Championship Winning Starts. See other high quality Start videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




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