Gary Barclay explains the correct hand position to move forward and breathe when swimming butterfly.
Hi, I’m Gary and I want to talk to you today in regards to one of the major problems in butterfly swimming. And that’s where the hands enter out in front, and then push downwards, so that a swimmer can breathe.
What happens is when you push down, sure, you go up and you get a breath, but then your body will just drop back down into the water again.
Remember when you swim that you always move in the direction of the back of your hand. So if you want to go forward in butterfly, it’s important to get over in this position here so that you’re actually moving forward when you breathe, like that, and not up to breathe. So it’s something to watch out for guys.
Have a look at your hand position when you’re swimming butterfly next. Are you pressing down when you breathe, or are you actually pulling yourself backwards and pushing your chin forward to breathe?