By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ray Looze, Indiana University Head Women’s Swim Coach and the Coach of 5 Big Ten Championships, presents a great demonstration of a Backstroke finish with two of his All-American athletes. The common element in a great finish is to continue kicking until you reach the wall.
The Backstroke Finish
The first athlete finishes with a dolphin kick on her last stroke into the wall. This allows an athlete to get one more push for the wall and can mean the difference between taking first or second. The second athlete continues to flutter kick all the way to the wall. Coach Looze explains that one of the common errors in finishing is not keeping your kick going all the way until you actually touch the wall.
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Start to Finish Backstroke. To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
There are four new Swimming DVDs we have recently released featuring Jack Bauerle, Ray Looze, Rich DeSelm, and Kelly Kremer. All of these coaches are the best in swimming and have many achievements to go along with their experience. The four Swimming DVDs are called:
Use simple drills to enhance your swimmer’s freestyle technique
Implement proper progressions to use with younger swimmers and use exaggerated drills to “un-teach” bad habits
Analyze stroke patterns and breathing patterns that best fit your swimmers depending on the event
Identify common errors and how to correct deficiencies in stroke
Develop a coaching strategy for your swimmers while competing
Learn the wide (Y) entry and shallow pull for faster tempo and dynamic catch
Learn the four drills you need to establish championship backstroke
Build the elements of a backstroke start that works for each individual swimmer
Develop two techniques for fast backstroke finishes
Teach every component of a backstroke turn and kick out
Use simple training aids to engage the core and increase power
Minimize resistance in the water
Energize your races without fatigue
Maintain a rhythmic butterfly stroke
Synchronize breath and kick cycles
Learn to improve breaststroke speed through greater stroke economy
Improve forward movement in the water with tight/strong kicking actions
Develop a fast, efficient turn
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