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 explains the correct head position when swimming backstroke.
Hi, I’m Gary Barclay and we’re having a look at backstroke, and in particular we’re having a look at the head position in backstroke.
Now one of the most common problems in backstroke is when a swimmer has their head too high in the water. So when they’re lying down in the water, their chins tucked down and they’re looking back in the direction that they’ve just come from. The reason this is bad is because if you lift your head up a little bit like that and you’re swimming through the water in this direction here, by lifting your head up. It means your hips drop and then your feet drop further, so the rest of your body is going through the water in this direction here, with your head leaning and your hips dropping down, your legs dropping down.
All the water hits you along here, so that causes drag and that slows you down. So what you need to do if you have a high head position is just lie your head back as though you’re lying down on a bed, just nice and relaxed.
Lie back, look straight above you at the roof and that will bring your hips up, and you need to kick your feet up so that your toes are kicking just near the surface of the water.
If you swim backstroke like that, you’ll get off to a great head start, and it will really help you improve your backstroke.
Posted in Backstroke, Videos
Posted on 29 December 2011.
Gary Barclay explains the importance of a high elbow position in both the arm recovery and under water pull when swimming freestyle.
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Hi, I’m Gary Barclay. We’re going to have a look at one of the most common problems in freestyle, and that is where a swimmer drops their elbow. There are a few different stages in the stroke of free style where an elbow drop can cause problems.
The first is as the swimmer enters the water, if they drop the elbow into that position there, then they don’t catch the water with their hand and their forearm. So it’s really important as you enter that you keep your elbow nice and high in that position there and then press over as you go into the water.
The second part that you need to focus on in free style is once you enter the water, is to actually keep your elbow nice and high when you’re underneath the water, that way. So make sure you’re keeping your elbow high and pressing down. You don’t want to drop your elbow and slide through, because then you won’t move forward.
So there are just a couple of hints in regards to stopping a dropped elbow in free style.
Keep that elbow nice and high when you enter and right through the pull through.
Posted in Freestyle, Videos