Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, teaches youth swimmers techniques of the backstroke turn. They will learn to try to take a last breath before rolling over to their stomach to begin the turn. This drill emphasizes rolling over without pausing for that last breath, which will break up the necessary rhythm and speed of the turn.
Each athlete has to decide a direction they will turn by which side they feel more comfortable turning toward.
Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State Head Women’s Swimming Coach has won multiple Big Ten Championships and shows you how to perform a world class freestyle turn. The keys are to hold streamline on your back for a count of three and then utilize the swimmer’s kick, hips & core strength to transition to kicking on the side position.
Also, “opening the back door,” be sure to maintain the feet shoulder width apart coming over and setting on the wall – do not bring the feet together.
Watch and learn the coaching philosophy behind a successful breaststroke and butterfly turn from 2010 Big 10 Coach of the Year, Bill Wadley. Along with the insight from Coach Wadley, you will see multiple drills that emphasize the points that he makes.
The key points are to finish with a kick, stay at water level, and not to look at the wall but concentrate on looking at the bottom of the pool.
Perform more efficient turns during your freestyle race with this drill featuring Ohio State Head Women’s Swimming Coach, Bill Dorenkott. The ‘One Turn Drill’ helps you work on a more streamline position when leaving the wall.
Breakout with your face first and not your fingertips “to ensure minimum resistance and keep the body in a nice horizontal plane” In the turn, pin both elbows next to the body with palms down, and then use the hands to assist in tumbling over quicker. With elbows still tight to the body, the hands extend forward into a strong streamline for the push off.
Legendary swimming coach, Richard Quick, and Auburn Swimming Head Coach, Brett Hawke, share their tools to build a faster sprint freestyle turn. Coaches Quick and Hawke discuss the sprint Freestyle approach/transition to the turn and the importance of increasing speed into the wall.
Be sure to stay submerged and do not rise up when entering the turn phase of your freestyle race.