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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.

Make Adjustments to Hit Perfect Butterfly and Breaststroke Turns!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2010 Big 10 Coach of the Year, Bill Wadley, explains how to adjust your Butterfly and Breaststroke before the flags to stretch out the arms and finish the kick properly at the wall to maximize the turn. 

Butterfly and Breaststroke Turns

This is also important in relay racing where the next swimmer is timing his or her takeoff on the swimmer’s last strokes into the wall.

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

Work on Body Positioning and Kick for Your Butterfly!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Sunday, June 1, 2014

Olympians Claire Donahue and Tyler McGill simplify the Butterfly by demonstrating two drills that focus on great technique. The first drill emphasizes body position and awareness of body position in the water. Building off that drill, the second drill gets swimmers to feel the origin of the kick and how it relates to their position in the water.

Body Position Glide & Chest Press

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Butterfly with Claire Donahue and Tyler McGill.” Take a look at additional Swimming videos on Butterfly!

Create a Clean Entry into the Water for the Butterfly!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Claire DonahueOlympic 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.

The Buoy Start

A clean entry on the start is crucial for maximizing speed off the start.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Butterfly with Claire Donahue and Tyler McGill.” VIEW other world class Butterfly videos in our massive Swimming library!


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