Butterfly – Triple Kick Breakout Practice

Throwing in an extra kick to your butterfly can teach you a lot about how important keeping the head down on your breakouts is. Why do it: Most of the time, you only get one opportunity per length to work on your butterfly breakout, this drill allows you many opportunities. How to do it: 1.. Continue…

Breaststroke – Narrow to Wide Pull

If you’re still searching for the ideal breaststroke pull, and most everyone should be, don’t be afraid to go to extremes. Why do it: Breaststroke continues to show us the most variations in successful styles.  Make sure you’re exhausted all types when developing your individual technique. How to do it: 1 – Start with the.. Continue…

Butterfly – Short Release

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This focal point will be pretty much imperceptible to the naked eye, but the feeling to the swimmers may be a game changer for some swimmers. Why do it: When some, especially young, swimmers are swimming butterfly, they may tend to get stuck during the recovery.  This simply trick will help the hands exit, into.. Continue…

Breaststroke – Toe-Draw Recovery

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If you’re working on creating a clean breaststroke, sometimes you have to start at the end. Why do it: Cleaning up the recovery of the kick can help you to avoid resistance at the exact point there is the MOST resistance in swimming… the recovery of the breaststroke kick. How to do it: 1 -.. Continue…

Freestyle – Catch-Up Timing

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Connecting the arms, to the body is more easily done when the swimming maintains their extension a bit longer. Why do it: A catch-up style freestyle isn’t for everyone.  Great sprinters don’t have time to wait for this type of stroke, while it’s more frequent in middle distance and distance swimmers.  The important aspect to.. Continue…

Vertical Flutter Kick

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This drill is part of our Backstroke – Skill Progression with Rohan Taylor course on our subscription site.  This is one of 13 beautiful chapters featuring two Olympic backstrokers, Bindy Hocking and Ash Delaney.  You can see them all here. —————————- There’s no better way to train a narrow, consistent kick than with vertical flutter kick… Continue…

Underwater Dolphins – Increasing Rate

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When working on your underwater dolphins, experimenting with rate may be the big change you’ve been looking for. Why do it: You can’t work on your underwater dolphins enough, but only working on how many you take off each wall may limit your ability to really find that perfect underwater.  Experimenting with how quickly you.. Continue…

Freestyle – Breathing to Both Sides

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Sure, most people call it “bilateral” breathing, but when you’re working with developing swimmers, try to keep the language as common as possible. Why do it: Trying to make sure you build a balanced freestyle when you’re younger, gives you the decisions later about which side may be more powerful, or easier to breathe to.. Continue…

Breaststroke – Flip Turns

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If you want to build a great long course breaststroke, but only swim in a short course pool, here’s a quick trick to give you a couple extra strokes for training. Why do it: We work so hard on our underwater pullouts, that if you only train short course, you may never take enough strokes.. Continue…

Freestyle – 6-Kick Swim

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When you’re trying to build a great freestyle, it’s important you focus on the extreme ends of the body. Why do it: Learning how to drive the hands forward from the legs will help you develop a more complete stroke, and then afford you the ability to choose how fast you want to go, or.. Continue…