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The source of glide in swimming

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Ok, those that know me know I struggle in the water, those that don't know me - I struggle in the water. If you go to my Active site you can see some above water videos from last week. One comment (given several times) was 'You need to slow the arms down and increase your glide'.<br><br>
So the question I have is where does the glide come from? Are rather, which part of the stroke needs to be longer? Does an increase of stroke length come from slower recovery? Or from an actual pause somewhere? I am thinking that the pull needs to be virtually the same. Is that right?<br><br>
My 25 meter stroke count is 25. One meter per stroke? Not so good. Obviously this means my pull is also not perfect. I do catch-up drills in an effort to help this, and am trying to figure out the tickle and maybe some sculling. As soon as I get all the water out of my sinuses from last night's attempt, I will try again!<br><br>
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I have no expertise as I am not a swim coach of any sort, but I have had to do some drills to address this very thing. The one thing that helped me is that my coach explained this more a 'stretching out' your stroke, rather than thinking of it as a glide (not sure that makes sense). Sounds strange, but he told me to think about leaning over and picking something up behind a dresser/table/whatever, to get me thinking about the body rotation involved, and then really reaching/stretching. So you're not really gliding straight out, it's more reaching out and down before your pull. I wish I had some sort of visual on this, as it's a bit difficult to explain in words. But once he demonstrated this, a lightbulb went off for me.<br><br>
I think of that so often in my stroke now, and I really think it helped. I went from about a 22-23 stroke count to about 18-19 (20 if I'm starting to get lazy...) - still trying to get it down to a 16-17!
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