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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.

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!


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