Catch-up drills have gone out of favor these days, but for some swimmers they are just what’s needed to correct a major stroke flaw. Here’s one catch-up drill that works!

It’s simple. The tighter the tuck, the faster you’ll spin on a flip turn. But how tight is tight? Can you touch your legs to your chest? If so, then you know what a tight turn is.

Every once in a while people send us new products to review. Most of the time, I’m not a fan of these new products — at least not right away — because I’m a creature of habit, and I’ve pretty much already found the things I like.

It started out as just a game at summer swim camp, but Synchro Swim soon became a favorite drill set. It�s tougher than you think�.

There are no black lines to guide you in triathlon and open-water swimming. And there are no lane-lines either � to cut the waves or keep you separated from your competitors. Here�s a fun drill that will help you prepare for the hand-to hand combat of race day.

When swimming freestyle, one standard question is, “where do I finish my pull”? Short Release is a drill that begins to teach the range of release points for the finish of the stroke.

When I work with great swimmers, I’m always struck by how easy they make things look. But looks can be deceptive. In fact, they make it look so easy that you could easily believe they were BORN with all this talent. Genes may have something to do with it, but in talking with these athletes, I come to understand how long it takes, and how hard it is to develop that look of ease.

OK, so the summer is just about over, and most people are about to head indoors for their swimming. So, as you can see, I�m a little late with any open water postings, but I AM a pool swimmer, so getting me into the open water is a chore to begin with. However, with the excitement of the triathlon at the Olympics, and living so near so much water, I ventured out into the Chesapeake Bay this week.

Many months ago, we posted a DOTW about the late release in freestyle, now we’ll talk about the other side of the equation. You can play with these two drills like you’d play with the gears on your bike. Consider these more about cadence than power.

Fingertip-Drag Freestyle is just about the oldest drill in the books. It’s been around a long, long time — and for good reason. This old standby teaches you a smooth, low, and balanced recovery — the starting point for learning a great freestyle. Where you go from here is up to you.