Notes from the World Clinic: Eddie Reese on Freestyle

One of the best things about the sport of swimming is that coaches love teaching each other.  The American Swimming Coaches Association’s World Clinic is a week long conversation about swimming, how to coach swimming and how to improve the sport of swimming.  Cool.

On Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a talk entitled:

“Eddie Reese on Swimming.”

Sure enough, it was one full hour of Eddie Reese and his thoughts on stroke mechanics.   I was blown away.

Take the tips below and apply them to your stroke IMMEDIATELY!  Don’t worry, I will post his thoughts on the other 4 strokes over the next few weeks.

When Swimming Freestyle (in addition to good rotation):

  1. Point your fingers towards the lane line on the arm recovery- this will create a very slight angle and a high elbow.
  2. At the hand entry – point fingers towards the wall you are swimming towards or – in open water – in the direction you are going.
  3. Point fingers down towards the bottom of the pool as you pull through the water.
  4. Try to imagine yourself skating through the water with your arms – the way speed skaters push and glide…..
  5. For the kick – relax your knees and your ankles


Keep on Swimming,

Coach Meg


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