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Essential Butterfly Drills from Ian Pope!

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

Australian Olympic and National Team head coach Ian Pope presents some of his favorite butterfly drills. These drills improve swimmers’ arm movement, rhythm, timing and much more.

Full Stroke Drills for Butterfly

Drill Summary: For the alternating arm strokes drill, swimmers can do a number of different combinations of moves with regular butterfly kicks. Coach Pope recommends alternating strokes with two left, two right and two both. For the catch position pull-up drill, the swimmer finds a spot on the wall and places both hands flat on the side of the pool. With their hands on the side, the swimmer fully immerses under water before lifting their body out of the pool until their elbows are straight, focusing on keeping their hands close to their body. This promotes the correct elbow position needed in a good butterfly stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Butterfly.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Learn Josh Davis’ Favorite Butterfly Drill!

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

Olympic gold medalist and American record breaker Josh Davis’ favorite drill for the butterfly is the “Angels in the Water” drill. Davis likens the movement in this drill to creating angels in the snow! This drill is fantastic for beginners and can also be used to enforce good habits for more experienced swimmers.

Angels in the Water

Drill Summary: Davis says the keys to this drill are keeping the arms straight and moving them gently, just above the water. Swimmers should use a slow-motion pull and try to breathe every other stroke. This drill is to be done without any use of the legs.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Get an Overview of the Track Start for Butterfly from Two Olympians!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, December 1, 2014

Olympic Gold Medalist, Claire Donahue, and 2012 Olympian, Tyler McGill, give you an overview of the track start for Butterfly. They keep it very simple: stand tall, comfortable stance, hips higher than shoulders and tension on the arms.

Overview of the Track Start

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Butterfly with Claire Donahue and Tyler McGill.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Learn Key Concepts to Swim Faster in the Butterfly!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

14x NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, Coley Stickels, shows you the 2 ½ Slide Drill. This drill enhances several key concepts for learning to swim a lower flat forward focused butterfly stroke without creating too much undulation.

2 ½ Slide Drill

Athlete Movement: In this drill the swimmer will take 2 full butterfly strokes each with a low breath and a high hooking catch position that drives the body forward. Then the swimmer takes one half stroke (pull through only) and dives into a flat head forward driven acceleration position before repeating the 2 full strokes.

Key benefits of the drill include: forcing the swimmer to pop the hips for a more fluid stroke without over undulating, keeping the head in a forward focused movement pattern, and helps the swimmer drive the head forward after breathing.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for Butterfly.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Create Faster Turns with an Underwater Turn Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

2012 Olympian and 2x NCAA Champion, Tyler McGill, shares a drill that will enhance your turns.  The Underwater Turn Drill focuses on a tight tuck into the wall with great body line and posture through the turn.  The swimmer dives to the bottom, does a two hand touch, pulls the knees into the chest (faster because gravity will pull the knees) and then explode to the surface.

Underwater Turn Drill

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Butterfly with Claire Donahue and Tyler McGill.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.




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