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.
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.
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.
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.
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.