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Learn to Lead with the Elbow on the Freestyle Recovery!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chloe Sutton, three-time USA Swimming National Champion, presents a great drill to help teach the correct form for the recovery on the freestyle stroke. The “Shark Fin Drill” will teach swimmers to lead with their elbow as they pull their trail arm out of the water for their next stroke.

Shark Fin Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off from the wall and get into their freestyle stroke. Imagine that the water is ice, and focus on “breaking the ice” with the trail elbow on the recovery. Once the elbow is up out of the water, pause there for a second in the stroke. Do this with every stroke for the length of the pool. Make sure to keep the kick going strong to keep the body in a straight line during this drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Distance Freestyle with Chloe Sutton and Peter Vanderkaay.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Create a Strong Catch on Your Butterfly Stroke!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, November 29, 2013

Greg Rhodenbaugh, current University of Missouri Head Swimming Coach, provides you with tips on the ‘4 Count Recovery Drill’ for the butterfly stroke. This aids swimmers of varying abilities to have soft hands on the recovery in order to establish a strong catch.

Recovery Drill

This is a great exercise for youth swimmers to work on not lifting their arms too high out of the water and to avoid rotating the shoulders too early.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Fast Lane Butterfly.  See other high quality Butterfly videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




Improve Your Stroke and Recovery to Maintain Speed!

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

Learn stroke finishing and recovery tips from Jack Bauerle, who was the Team USA Women’s Head Coach at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Finishing the stroke and the recovery should be comfortable and easy with no stress on the shoulders. This will ensure that the recovery will not contribute to swimmer fatigue and reduce the power of the pull stroke.

Coach Bauerle’s advice is accompanied by excellent demonstration from one of his former athletes.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Start to Finish Freestyle.  See other high quality Freestyle Videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




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