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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!