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Coley Stickels, 14x NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, presents the Triple Threat Drill. This drill focuses on increasing hand speed and working on the timing and rhythm of your stroke.
The Triple Threat Drill starts off with the athlete pushing off the wall with a flutter kick and breaststroke arms. The head is to be above the water for the first three strokes, with the athlete continuing to flutter kick. Next the athlete goes into normal breathing breaststroke for three strokes. Coach Stickels emphasizes to maintain your tempo throughout the drill with the flutter kick.
Here is your chance to learn tips from 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, Mark Gangloff! He will show you how to determine and develop the speed of your breaststroke kick. This is an intense exercise that gets your feet moving quickly and can be used as a warm-up to get you ready for a race.
Move your feet as fast as you can throughout the drill. Your heels will come in and out of the water.
Watch and learn the coaching philosophy behind a successful breaststroke and butterfly turn from 2010 Big 10 Coach of the Year, Bill Wadley. Along with the insight from Coach Wadley, you will see multiple drills that emphasize the points that he makes.
The key points are to finish with a kick, stay at water level, and not to look at the wall but concentrate on looking at the bottom of the pool.
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.