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Essential Butterfly Drills from Ian Pope!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Australian Olympic and National Team head coach Ian Pope presents some of his favorite butterfly drills. These drills improve swimmers’ arm movement, rhythm, timing and much more.

Full Stroke Drills for Butterfly

Drill Summary: For the alternating arm strokes drill, swimmers can do a number of different combinations of moves with regular butterfly kicks. Coach Pope recommends alternating strokes with two left, two right and two both. For the catch position pull-up drill, the swimmer finds a spot on the wall and places both hands flat on the side of the pool. With their hands on the side, the swimmer fully immerses under water before lifting their body out of the pool until their elbows are straight, focusing on keeping their hands close to their body. This promotes the correct elbow position needed in a good butterfly stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Butterfly.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Discover the Importance of the “Fifth Stroke”!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ian Pope explains the proper technique for the “underwater fly kick” off the start and turns including whole-body movement, snap of the tail, head in-line with spine and a vertical kicking drill. This is an excellent video showing Ian Pope’s instructional techniques for coaching both elite swimmers and age groupers.

The “fifth stroke” is most effective in the backstroke and you will learn how it can add propulsion.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke. See other high quality Backstroke Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




Develop a More Efficient Backstroke with the Australian Olympic Team Coach!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, September 27, 2013

Olympic and National Team Coach for Australia, Ian Pope,  provides instructional stroke techniques for improving both elite swimmers and age groupers. Discover the importance of stroke efficiency that will lead to faster swimming.

Coach Pope will give you insight on how to get a feel for the water, and how to hold the water and balance without over-rotating.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke. See other high quality Backstroke Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




Increase Arm Strength for a More Powerful Backstroke!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 30, 2013

In this presentation Ian Pope, Australian Olympic coach, describes the “arm power zone” and proper body rotation to bring the body toward the hand.   Also, watch to see how the swimmer can utilize the “one arm press” to engage the under arm and lats to supply more muscle into the stroke.

Make sure your arm is in front of the chest during the catch phase of the backstroke. Timing is crucial for the most power.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke. See other high quality Backstroke Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




Create More Propulsion and Speed in Your Backstroke!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 2, 2013

In this demonstration of the backstroke, Ian Pope, Australian National Team coach, stresses the technique for maximizing the power of the swimmer’s backstroke kick by showing the importance of both kicking up and kicking down to generate propulsion. This drill is designed to strengthen the backstroke kick. Some of the best backstrokers have a great kick!

It is important for athletes to keep their legs and toes extended.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Backstroke.  See other high quality Backstroke Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




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