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Exclusive Backstroke Racing Techniques from an NCAA All-American!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Here is a video that begins with demonstration of the backstroke at racing speed by NCAA All-American, Doug Van Wie. During Van Wie’ s demonstration 8x NCAA Coach of the Year, David Marsh, provides insightful tips.  It is important to be as efficient as possible while using a great amount of effort.   Start by focusing on being efficient then add more pace until you find a good balance for your backstroke.   In order to  increase acceleration it is important to push the water by your hip and really drive your hand into the water.

Tips: Use your energy wisely by using you core to help set the tempo.  Do not use your legs too much, too early in the race, save enough for a late race push toward the front!

 

Watch an additional clip from the product page of  “Gettin’ Better with David Marsh: Tips, Drills & Skills for Faster Backstroke.”  Also, check out more world class David Marsh DVDs and other instructional Backstroke Swimming DVDs!




Learn to Improve Your Backstroke Form with a 3x U.S. Olympic Coach!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Here we have backstroke instruction from 2012 US Olympic Swim Team Assistant Coach, David Marsh.  During his college coaching career he was a 8 X NCAA Coach of the Year and 12 X NCAA Champion at Auburn.  Listen to an overview of all the various aspects of the backstroke.  You will learn concepts and drills from Coach Marsh that will allow for improved times on your backstroke.

 

Swimming a successful backstroke requires the swimmer to have a clear understanding of the key components of the stroke.  You will see a breakdown on various parts of the backstroke.  Coach Marsh has always told his swimmers to swim “tall,” which is done by lengthening the neck and the spine.  To maximize speed it is key to maintain a straight line down through your spine and keep your chin back slightly.   One other factor is the importance of a steady, flowing kick while keeping your feet inside your hip line.

Tips:  As your hand leaves the water, lead with your thumb, and as your hand re-enters the water, lead with your pinky finger.  Also, make sure your hand re-enters in-line with the body and above your shoulders.

 

Watch an additional clip from the product page of  “Gettin’ Better with David Marsh: Tips, Drills & Skills for Faster Backstroke.”  Also, check out more world class David Marsh DVDs and other instructional Backstroke Swimming DVDs!




Essential Backstroke Drills to Increase Your Speed!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Get world class instruction 3x Olympic Coach, David Marsh.  In this segment Coach Marsh starts off by showing you a 12-12 drill.  This drill teaches a backstroker to establish balance in the water.  It also allow for the swimmer to establish a great catch to initiate the arm pull.  Another drill in this clip is the single arm drill.  This drill emphasizes the catch and push through to exit the stroke.  You can add variety to this exercise by changing the pace of the stroke, such as slow and long strokes.

 

Tips:  Focus on bringing one hand 12″-18″ below the surface of the water while the hand relaxes on your hip.

 

Watch an additional clip from the product page of  “Gettin’ Better with David Marsh: Tips, Drills & Skills for Faster Backstroke.”  Also, check out more world class David Marsh DVDs and other instructional Backstroke Swimming DVDs!




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