The "Press-Stud" Visualisation

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We've just released a video onto Youtube describing a new Swim Smooth visualisation to help improve your arm recovery over the surface of the water. If you have quite poor posture and feel your arms recover more around the side than over the top of the water when you swim then this for you!

The Press Stud Visualisation

The next time you swim, think about how your shoulder blade might be lifting away from your back as your shoulder rolls forwards. Imagine you have a Press-Stud (also known as a clothes popper or snap fastener) attached on the underside of your shoulder blade and on the other side to your spine:
As your arm recovers over the surface of the water, visualise retracting your shoulder blade down towards your spine by clipping the stud together. This will improve your posture and help the arm recover higher over the water.

Paul explains more:

A higher arm recovery means less chance of the hand catching on the surface and makes it less likely to cross the centre line in front of your head as you enter into the water. Your body roll should also be improved as the improved posture helps drive your rotation in your stroke along the long axis of your spine.

To get the most from the Press-Stud visualisation follow this simple training session in the Virtual Squad in The Guru (PRO subscription required):

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