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Tighten Your Core During the Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Russ Kasl has spent 20+ years as an age group coach and has gained a wide range of experience training young swimmers. In this clip, Coach Kasl presents a drill that uses a flutter kick to improve the tone of the body and tighten the core of swimmers in the butterfly event.

Flutter Fly

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and execute a butterfly stroke, but instead of using a regular kick, they use a quick flutter kick. This method will help athletes set a high and early elbow catch and give them knowledge of what their core should feel like during the butterfly. As they execute the drill, their body should be on the surface and they should get arm extension on every stroke. The next progression using the Flutter Fly is to alternate it with a regular kick three times going down the length of the pool to help transfer proper techniques into the regular stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Coaching the Developing Butterflyer.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Learn Rich DeSelm’s “Weave Drill” for the Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, April 1, 2016

Rich DeSelm, University of North Carolina head coach and 2011 World University Games head coach, uses the “Weave Drill” to improve his swimmers’ body position for the butterfly. This is a great warm-up drill and can be used by beginning to advanced swimmers to ensure a great T-press.

Weave Drill

Drill Summary: This drill can be completed with a snorkel. The swimmer pushes off from the wall with their eyes down and undulates through the water. Their focus is T-pressing from their head down through their chest. As the swimmer T-presses, their hips should come up. This drill can be done with no kick or with a slight kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Start to Finish Butterfly.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Use the “Single Arm Drill” to Perfect Butterfly Timing!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

David Marsh, head coach at SwimMAC Carolina and eight time NCAA Coach of the Year, goes over the “Single Arm Drill.” This is a great drill for timing and mimicking the stroke well with one arm, making it perfect for beginning to advanced swimmers as a warm-up exercise or rhythmic training method.

Single Arm Drill

Drill Summary: This drill can be done with the opposite arm at the side or out in front. Using a snorkel is optional (if you use one, try to work on keeping a long neck line). For the arm on the side version, begin with the arm down and focus on using a big catch and long stroke for the length of the pool. Use two kicks per arm cycle. Having the opposite arm on the side will emphasize hip movement and cause swimmers to move in a more wave-like pattern. Next, progress to the arm in front version.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “David Marsh’s Next Wave Technique: Butterfly.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Use a One Arm Drill to Speed Up Your Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Matt Kredich, University of Tennessee head coach and four time Ivy League Coach of the Year, runs through a drill for the butterfly that isolates arms individually to create a more complete stroke. By whipping the arm forward, swimmers will be able to propel themselves through the water faster.

One Arm Butterfly

Drill Summary: Swimmers swim the length of the pool using a one-arm butterfly technique. The arm that isn’t in use should remain extended out directly in front of the swimmer. Focus on the recovery and look for a ballistic movement (arm accelerating forward to pull the body forward). Make sure to avoid downward entry on the stroke and keep arms straight to generate more momentum. Also, minimizing up and down movement will allow the swimmer to go faster and use less effort in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Butterfly with Matt Kredich featuring Christine Magnuson.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Get More Leverage when Executing the Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

North Carolina State head coach, Braden Holloway, uses the Surf Drill Series as one of his main methods to teach timing for the butterfly. Without proper timing, swimmers can lose valuable speed and power and be forced to work much harder than they would with an efficient stroke.

Surf Drill Series

Drill Summary: To begin this drill, the swimmer sets their stroke up by doing two sculls, one big kick, a second kick, then glides on the surface as far as they can before recovering and doing it all over again. Swimmers’ bodies should stay on the line and avoid going up or down too much. The focus is on the catch out front and keeping hands close to the body underneath. Once swimmers have grasped the “thrust forward, not up” method, add fins and small paddles and continue to work on gliding. Get just high enough out of the water to breathe.

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




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