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Today, I have three pieces of swim equipment that I promise will help you improve your technique.

You can achieve the elusive smooth stroke we all long for, however, sometimes you just need a little bit of help along the way.

I find these swim products quite helpful, so wanted to share them with you.

Let's dive right in.

Agility Paddles

The best paddles in the world
Go strapless, so you are not helpless

These are probably the world's best paddles when it comes to teaching the proper stroke and hand/finger position.

They are strapless, so no rubber bands flopping around. They are simple to put on and you can adjust your goggles easily while the paddles dangle from your thumbs. They just work.

How do they help you?

Well, they force you to keep your fingers in the right position as well as to have them more relaxed.

You will have to catch some water in order for the paddles to not fall off, so that is a good thing as well.

I'd strongly advise you to grab a pair and put your old paddles aside for a while, so you can then see the difference.

Alignment Kickboard

align your streamline
Keeping the streamline tight

Let's look at how to work on your streamline while using your legs and a kickboard.

Learning how to streamline is one of the most important aspects of fast swimming, so perhaps the next piece of equipment will help you out.

The slick kickboard that I have found useful is this streamline (alignment) kickboard.

You can just slip your hands underneath the strap and keep your arms in streamline while kicking.

This way, flipturns and follow up streamlines are made easy :).

Make sure though, you are not going too crazy with these, so you do not get some shoulder injuries from having your muscles tight all the time.

Actually, I do not really use any kickboards as it is much better to learn to move in the water without any boards and rely on your own relaxation and coordination. But if you do want to use one, the streamline kickboard is the lesser evil and you can grab one here.

Forearm Fulcrum

Fulcrum to the rescue with your stroke
With the Fulcrum, your hand is in the correct position

The last item, I'd like you to have a look at is this peculiar looking forearm fulcrum like item.

It is actually quite brilliant.

Many swimmers have an issue with the water entry. Others with the early vertical forearm pulling motion.

Some enter with thumb first, some cross over, others raise their hand back to the surface after the initial entry.

All these issues are easily fixed if the correct movements are performed over and over.

This Finis Forearm Fulcrum lets you keep your stroke efficient by holding your wrist, elbow, and shoulder at the correct swimming position.

In other words, your wrist will not collapse or deviate from its intended motion.

If you deviate any of the arm parts from the optimal movement (you do it wrong) the fulcrum holder will fall off.

So without doing it correctly, you won't be able to swim properly :).

Therefore, the forearm fulcrum makes you focused on your technique all the time and helps you imprint the correct swimming motion into your brain.

After a few practices, your stroke becomes much more efficient and injury-free.

If you think this is for you, just pick up one on Amazon.

If you have any experience with any of these devices, you can share them with me in the comments below.

Have fun swimming!

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Swim Products That Will Make You A Better Swimmer is part of the following categories: Drills-Tips, Swim Gear and Equipment, Swimming Videos, Product Reviews and is meant for swimmers in: Level 3 - Intermediate, Level 2 - Beginner

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Comments (4)

Flavia Delaroli Cazziolato said...
And athlets too, but if you shop for swimming gear dont use, they dont give you refund, they say they do, but they dont. They also dont tell you if an item is in stock and if you pay for second day air and its not in stock, oh well, thats your problem, they charge you anyway...and if they never send you the item they dont refund you either, they just stop answering you and pretend nothing happened... so everyone, be aware.
Deanna said...
As part of a market research study to better understand the swimming community, Bluefin Robotics is conducting a brief survey.

We are not selling anything here, just trying to get some questions answered from real people who swim.

Hopefully, we will be able to use the information you provide to produce new exciting training tools for swimmwers.

Thanks for your participation!
RattleSnake said...
Jono said...
I am not sure, but I think using the agility paddle has a different result. I personally have no tried it, either.

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