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Claire Donahue, Olympic and World Championships Gold Medalist, and Tyler McGill, 2012 Olympian, simplify the Butterfly by demonstrating a drill that emphasizes great technique. This involves performing a simple dive off the blocks with a pull buoy that forces the swimmer to squeeze their legs for a clean entry.
A clean entry on the start is crucial for maximizing speed off the start.
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.
Frank Busch knows what it takes to develop a world class butterfly swimmer as a 3 x NCAA Coach of the Year. Watch and learn as Coach Busch utilizes his coaching expertise to outline teaching tips for the Butterfly.
The Butterfly tips in this clip are taught by Frank Busch, current US National Team Director. Coach Busch will give you an overview of Butterfly emphasizing the body position, catch, finish, kick and the body line.
It is important to keep the body line as flat as possible.
Greg Rhodenbaugh, current University of Missouri Head Swimming Coach, provides you with tips on the ‘4 Count Recovery Drill’ for the butterfly stroke. This aids swimmers of varying abilities to have soft hands on the recovery in order to establish a strong catch.
This is a great exercise for youth swimmers to work on not lifting their arms too high out of the water and to avoid rotating the shoulders too early.