Freestyle Swim Drills
Swimming drills are certain movements, done repetitively, to perfect your technique They can help you get more efficient and they can help you become a faster swimmer. Found in most workouts, most coaches feel that you can never do enough technique work. Adding these can help you out as well
*Catch-up: to isolate one arm, to practice a long stroke and a long body position.This is swam like normal freestyle, except one arm is stationary, always extended forward (your front arm), pointing toward the destination, while your other arm performs the stroke (working arm).When the working arm moves forward and “catches-up” with the your front arm, they change places.
*3/4 Catch-up: Just like full catch-up, except the stationary (front) arm begins to go before your other arm completely “catches-up” – it starts to move after the working arm is about 3/4 of the way through a full arm motion.
*Catch-up with a board: Just like standard catch-up, only your front hand is grasping a kick board.As the arms trade places, they hand off the board to each other.You can also use a pencil – or anything else that won’t make you sink.
*Fingertip Drag: to promote a high elbow recovery and to make you aware of your hand position during recovery.Swum like regular freestyle, except your fingertips never leave the water as your arm moves forward during the stroke recovery.Drag your fingers through the water, slightly off to the side of your body, focusing on good body roll and keeping your elbows pointed up.Change how much of your hand stays in the water: fingertips, hand, wrist, even your whole forearm.
There are plenty of variations for all of these drills. You can also combine drills to work on many skills at once, or to add even more emphasis to a certain element. Experiment with these drills and develop some of your own. Always work to improve your technique. For some more information on swimming freestyle better, check out this other swimming site – Freestyle Swim Tips
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