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