Jul 20, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
theantijock saidNot comfortable commenting on your butterfly as it was never my best and I quit that stroke entirely after a construction accident blew out two discs as I don't like how if feels on my back now.
To the others:
It doesn't look like you are comfortable with your own backstroke. Your head comes up out of the water quite a bit and your arms don't really reach behind, they just sort of flop alongside you. You could use some arm work on your crawl as well. Get yourself some paddles and really reach with them. Also putting your head more in the water with the backstroke puts a lot of water onto your face so maybe swimming with goggles will make it more comfortable for you.
Also with your back there doesn't seem to be any rhythm to it. It's just sort of choppy. Study other swimmers and then mimic what they do. I actually got a lot of my swimming style from swimming so often with my mom who had a gorgeous stroke. Then I modified it by swimming alongside college swimmers who were in town practicing.
Check out this guy's back. Gorgeous stroke...
Your breast looks okay but just there I notice those swim trunks. Too long. Gotta be restricting. Get yourself a real bathing suit for swimming laps.
Would be great if you could learn to turn on the wall as you'd enjoy more the restrictions of a limited sized swimming pool. I actually don't do it myself; I can, but going upside down makes me seasick and I'd rather not vomit during laps. ewww.
Well, this is curious. I'm not sure but I think on your crawl you've the opposite issue from your backstroke in that it looks like your head is going too far into the water, almost curving downwards, really digging in. Do you have an unusual curve in your upper spine? Just wondering.
The other thing with the crawl is your arms. Like the back, they seem to be flopping into the water. Each arm should be more independently diving into the water instead of flapping on it.
Look at this guy, how smooth and splash free that is...
Just beautiful. Effortless. Also look at the underwater shots how his head is horizontal with his body, not digging in like you seem to do. You seem to be swimming with your body as parts. Instead, swim with your body as one unit. Your legs, your mid section, your upper body. All that should be incorporated into each stroke. Go back and look at that backstroke. He swims with his entire body. Now look at yours. It looks like your upper, mid sections and legs are all separate. Note especially how his body turns to the side of his stroke and how yours stiffens up because you are only using each arm instead of utilizing each entire side of your body.
BornJuly4th saidLOL, love the "this guy" reference. You know that's Ryan Lochte, right?
tuckers_kahuna saidI was a butterflyer, even was in Olympic trials for it (tho I didn't make it through that ordeal!).
Your arms are a bit too far apart. Your main issue though is your feet. In a good fly you get about 50% propulsion from your kick. Your legs need to be close together and you need to think of them as a whip. The kick starts at your hips and travels through to your toes, the motion gains momentum like a whip and then there is propulsive force to push you forward and lift your shoulders to your next stroke. This will get your body out of the water properly to be more efficient for your arms stroke.
Try doing kick board fly kicks, and you will get the hang of it.
MikeOnMain said...You may want to try rotating more in your freestyle as well.
theantijock saidMikeOnMain said
Just looked again at the OP's vid and you can see in the crawl how he turns and lifts his head out of the water to take a breath, like he's bobbing for air, instead of simply taking a breath when the entire body rolls to that side. In other words, when you take a breath, you shouldn't have to lift your neck at all. And I'd imagine that will smooth out your stroke. Add to that diving your hands into the water just before you finish extending your arms forward instead of resting them on the water at the end of an extension so that you are cutting through the water instead of fighting it and, well, hate to break it to ya, but we'll have you swimming in synch in no time.
tuckers_kahuna saidI agree, when you do freestyle properly, an air pocket is created when you turn your head. You don't need to raise your head at all.
I'm sorry I can't offer more coaching advice, I learned swimming when I I was very young, I was competing by the time I was 8, and so much of the basics is built in, so I don't know how to describe it.