Posted on 09 April 2012.
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?
Posted in Butterfly, Videos
Posted on 12 February 2012.
Hi, in swimming freestyle, my child is bobbing up & down. How can this be fixed? Thank you J
Bobbing up and down in freestyle is a common problem for many young (and not so young) swimmers.
The most common reason swimmers bob up and down is because when the hand is pulling through under water, the back of the hand is facing upwards so the body lifts / moves in an upwards direction. It then drops back down in the water when the hand finishes pulling. This results in an up and down or bobbing action. This poor hand position is often caused by a dropping of the elbow.
When you swim, you move in the direction of the back of your hand.
To solve the problem of bobbing up and down, keep the elbow high under water and ensure the back of your hand is facing forward so that as they pull through the water, they move in a forward, and not an up and down, direction.
If the hand position is correct, and your child is still bobbing up and down, ask them to keep their head still, as an up and down movement of their head may also cause a bobbing action.
Gary – The Swimming Expert
Posted in Freestyle, Questions
Posted on 15 January 2012.
Gary Barclay talks about the correct hand entry in backstroke and what can happen if your hand does not enter in the correct position.
Hi my name is Gary Barclay, and today we’re going to have a look at backstroke. We’re going to have a look at one of the most common problems in backstroke, which is the position of the hand entry.
Now ideally, the hand is going to enter right in line with the shoulder and enter little finger first. However, what we find one of the most common problems in swimmers is that the hand overreaches so the hand goes back behind the head, or the hand enters a little bit too wide there.
We’re going to have a look at what happens when you do that. Now when you overreach behind your head, it makes your body snake down the pool. So if you see a swimmer doing backstroke and they’re snaking down the pool, quite often it’s because their hand entry goes in behind their head. It’s called overreaching, and sometimes it may be from over-rotating.
The best thing for a swimmer to do there is to enter a little bit wider so that their hand doesn’t enter in line with their shoulder. And on the other hand, if you have a hand entry where the hand enters too wide out to the side, the best thing for the swimmer to do there is to make sure that they are coming up right in line with their shoulder and that they enter in little finger first there. That’s what we’re looking for.
So there are a few hints for you on the hand entry in backstroke.
Posted in Backstroke, Videos
Posted on 29 December 2011.
Gary Barclay explains the correct hand entry when swimming freestyle and why it is so important to get the entry right.
For more swimming freestyle tips go to www.SwimFreestyleFast.com.
Hi, I’m Gary Barclay, and we’re going to have a look at the hand entry in freestyle.
Now one of the most common problems that many swimmers have with freestyle is when they enter, they enter in thumbs first, in that position there. Now when you enter in that position, it puts a lot of pressure on your shoulder in here. So it’s really important that you flatten your hand out a little bit and enter in that way, and that takes all the pressure off the shoulder. If a swimmer swims like this for a long period of time, maybe over a couple of seasons, you can end up with very sore shoulders and shoulder injuries.
So in regards to freestyle entry, make sure that you enter in with your palm flat and spear into the water so that you take no air bubbles. If you’d like more information on freestyle, go to www.TheSwimmingExpert.com.
Posted in Freestyle, Videos