Thursday, June 12, 2014

Swimming Down A Narrow Corridoor

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One of the most common stroke flaws under the body is pulling out wide with too straight an arm:

When this happens, it normally occurs more on one side of the stroke than the other and it is often related to breathing patterns - if you only breathe left you are more likely to do this with your right arm (and vice versa). You also might only do it on a breathing stroke.

A good rule of thumb is that the hand should pull through directly under the shoulder, as we saw in our classic blog post 'Bend It Like Becky':

A good visualisation to improve this is to imagine you are swimming down a narrow corridor:

Your elbows are allowed to brush the sides of this corridor but not your hands, as Paul explains to a swimmer in this short video clip:

Try this visualisation the next time you swim, maintaining a focus on keeping your hands away from the corridor walls - even when breathing. If you feel like your pull through becomes smoother or easier you will know you've made an improvement!

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