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Learn Two Key Breaststroke Pull Drills!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, June 1, 2015

Indiana University head coach, Ray Looze, uses these two drills to teach swimmers to pull correctly and maintain high hips while performing the breaststroke. Coach Looze believes it is the pull, not the kick, that is the most important part of a championship breaststroke.

Buoy Drill / Paddles and Buoy Pull

Drill Summary: A buoy is needed to complete this drill. Swimmers place the buoy between their thighs and swim two 25s, focusing on body position and only taking dolphin kicks to keep the hips high. As swimmers pull, they focus on pulling wide and horizontally. For the next progression, swimmers put on paddles, which will increase the surface area of their hands to take less strokes with more power.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Breaststroke Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Use These Key Concepts to Create a More Efficient Backstroke!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, December 1, 2014

Indiana University Head Women’s Swim Coach, Ray Looze, shares the Double Arm Backstroke Drill. This drill will help you with key backstroke concepts such as a steady kick, still head positioning (vs bouncing), a shallow catch and a shallower than normal sweeping hand position.

Double Arm Backstroke

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Start to Finish Backstroke.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Learn How to Finish Your Backstroke!

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.




New Swimming DVDs featuring Jack Bauerle, Ray Looze, Rich DeSelm, and Kelly Kremer!

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:

Start to Finish Freestyle

  • 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
  • Start to Finish Backstroke

  • 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
  • Start to Finish Butterfly

  • Minimize resistance in the water
  • Energize your races without fatigue
  • Maintain a rhythmic butterfly stroke
  • Synchronize breath and kick cycles
  • Start to Finish Breaststroke

  • 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
  • Buy all four of these DVDs together and save $20!

    Start to Finish Women’s Swimming Technique Series




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