Ok, guys, I have decided to go a little more high tech on this one.
What is a good swimming lesson without a proper demonstration?
So, here you have it.
Watch Grant Hackett do his thing.
Now, while you are watching the freestyle swimming video, I'd like you to think about a few key points.
a.) Look at the head position and the breathing.
Not much movement there.
Head is neutral and you can barely see his goggles coming out of the water.
Basically, it is almost like he is sneaking a peek in there. :)
b.) Watch how smooth and relaxed he looks.
This is the key to fast and efficient swimming.
Looking at the underwater video, this is from his 1500m swim (I guess you can see that on his time :)).
c.) When underwater, check out how he grabs so much water with his forearms up front and then anchors his forearm to move past it.
He also stretches out of his shoulders forward and finishes his stroke all the way below his butt.
d.) There are more key points that you can get out of the video, but these are the main ones.
Feel free to comment on this and give us your opinion.
The next perfect freestyle stroke is from Sun Yang.
It is just so so so so efficient.
I really want you to pay attention to his front forearm catch. It is just amazing.
Of course, he is the top athlete, so his early vertical forearm is very early and very vertical.
Most swimmers cannot keep the elbow so high, but it does not hurt to have a look at how it should be.
As you can imagine, the inner shoulder rotation and proper flexibility plays a big role in achieving an effective catch.
Of course, does not hurt to be 2 meters all :).