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Get Better at Kicking Underwater!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Feel like you’re losing time with an underwhelming underwater kick? Learn a great drill from Olympic and World Championship gold medalist, Claire Donahue, that will tighten up the streamline and work on increasing speed while swimming underwater.

Wave Kick Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off from the wall and begin kicking underwater using big, slow kicks. As they keep swimming, they should gradually increase the speed of their kicks until they are at competition speed. Note that while the speed of the kicks should grow, the size of the kicks should stay about the same. Focus on accelerating through the surface of the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Butterfly with Claire Donahue and Tyler McGill.” 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!

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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