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No underwater video yet (that's what I'm most interested in), but here's how I look from the deck. All thoughts, insights, critiques, and compliments are invited.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnO0wv2MjKo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnO0wv2MjKo</a>
 

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Hey - great swimming Matt! Only criticism I would offer is I think addressed on the tape - it looks like you slap the water on re-entry, vs. gliding in. I noticed it more with your right hand. - Also, this may or may not be something to work on because it was hard to tell on the video, but make sure your elbows are high and you aren't swinging your arms to the side on recovery.<br><br>
You looked awesome - and nice flip turn too!!
 

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The Good:<br><br>
Head position. Very important. Nice alignment.<br>
full extension at finish of stroke<br><br>
A few things to work on:<br><br>
Your hands should enter in front of your shoulder. I have student old the edge of a kickboard and do the one arm drill. If they hit the board, they are not shoulder width upon entry.<br><br>
The catch. Bend your elbow and point hand down before pulling. The first 1/3 of your stroke seems to be mostly straight arm.<br><br>
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Reduce your kick. It is most likely taking a lot of energy with little propulsion benefits.<br><br>
Keep your hand close to your body during recovery. Thumb drag drill. It helps with body rotation.<br><br>
You can see the first two points in this Dave Scott vid: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYt8x_7uL48&feature=related" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYt8x...eature=related</a>
 

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Just a question... looking on the left-hand side... why is the most relevant related video the one with "Mr Bean goes to the swimming pool"?
 

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I'm also not qualified to say anything too profound but nice flip turn. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Getting underwater video soon? I have a name for a coach at Speedshot Racing but I haven't made the call.
 

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One more thing. I think you need to rotate more to your left. Since you breathe on the right, it looks good that way. Try to rotate just as far to the left.
 

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More puffery - Got it.<br><br>
Great idea! I'll try that. I've been fighting the "crossover" issue for a long time.<br><br>
This is why I want to do some under-water video, I think my catch is good, but I'm not sure. I'll do more fist drills and work on bending the arm before the pull.
 

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Yep, I've been working on that, too. Mostly with left-side-breathing drills.
 

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Yes, though not as comfortably as I'd like. I can do it if I have to.<br>
Yep, the right-hand-swing-and-slap issue showed up a few weeks ago out of the blue and I've been trying to get rid of it since. What's up with that??
 

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Good feedback from everyone already, but just one minor comment on the turn... looks good but maybe try to "fold" a little sooner.... you look a bit cramped when you flip. Otherwise, very nice and hope you are able to work on the bilateral breathing so it becomes more natural for you. I find it especially helpful in the open water. Keep up the great work!
 

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I noticed that too ...<br><br>
Pretty smooth swimming, but I think if you breathed bilaterally, it would benefit the slight uneveness of your stroke, but overall ... dashing job!<br><br>
Yes, cross-over ... yours is not nearly as bad as most I see ... Try to think "WIDE" when you are swimming ... aim for 11 and 1 o'clock.<br><br>
It looks like you are entering the water early with your left arm than your right but it's hard to tell on the video ... how many strokes does it take to do 25m? I didn't count on the video ... too busy watching technique.<br><br>
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Generally 16-18 for 25 yards (if you count in the video you'll get low 20's, but that's because it's a 32 yard pool).
 

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first comment: you are way faster than me.<br><br>
I am by far no expert, but I did notice that you open your kick much wider when you breathe, which puts your feet outside the "hole" your body makes.<br><br>
And I seem to recall a million years ago doing some drill that had me drag my fingertips along the surface of the water on my recovery - helped me keep a high elbow and not smack the water.<br><br>
I should probably start doing drills again.
 

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I just viewed the tape. Whoever it was that was taking the video was dead on on their comments.<br><br>
1) Good kick. Right at the water level and fluttery.<br>
2) Nice straight line. Your not swimming like an eel.<br>
3) Nice finish. I like the little water flick at the end. Seems like a little waste of energy, but OK.<br><br>
At :53 seconds the person making the tape mentions where your left arm is entering the water. It's entering just over your head and then heading down(ward). It needs to be moving forward toward the wall. It's not huge, but it putting a small brake on.<br><br>
It seems that your catch is good, but then your pull is really fast. Your missing the catch because your pull is so fast. Slow that down just a touch and "feel" the water.<br><br>
On the head on view your pull is out then in. Your sweeping out then in and losing the water.<br><br>
A light cross over, very slight.<br><br>
Corrections:<br><br>
1) Tarzan drill followed by free. 25 Tarzan then 25 free. Do that a few times.<br>
2) One arm up drills. You have a good kick so you might not need fins, but if your sinking on the roll, then use fins. Make sure your stretching your arms all the way out and pull straight back.<br>
3) One arm up with tickle to put your arm in correct position for entry.<br>
4) I think it was mentioned, but adding bilateral breathing will help get you back in correct position with both arms. Not a critical thing to work on, but it does help if you need to switch sides in a race.<br><br>
Slowing down your pull will let you feel the water fro your hand across your fore arm. I think with your fast pull your losing the water and just getting your arm back.<br><br>
23 strokes per lap. It's time for a round of golf. Every time you hit the water you should do at least 2x50 where your playing. Add strokes per 50+ time in seconds = your par. Your objective is to beat par every time out by lowering stokes or time.<br><br>
Good luck<br><br>
BTW, the person taking the video made some great comments, you should listen to her.<br><br>
CS
 
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