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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.
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.
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.
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.