Recently I posted an article and some tips on https://theswimmingexpert.com/how-to-fix-my-sons-freestyle/ Following this article there has beena good response from a number of coaches, however one of them has stood out, and I will share it with you below. Hi Gary, Concentrating on kicking to keep the legs together while breathing may stop the leg spread […]
Swim Freestyle Fast with correct freestyle technique
The freestyle stroke is the fastest, most efficient stroke, because it maintains the body in a streamlined position with the limbs able to apply constant propulsive forces due to the arms alternating action and the continuous flutter action of the legs.
To swim freestyle fast you need to start with the correct technique.
QUESTION: Hello Gary, I bought your book ‘Swimming for Parents’ and understand that by 13-18 years, technique plays a great role in whether the swimmer will excel or not. My son who is 13, currently, was winning every race at 12 years old during championship meets, now he seems to be faltering in every practice, […]
QUESTION: Hi Gary, I have question for you. How much time can a good start dive save you in a race? Thanx!! roman ANSWER: Hi Roman, Getting a good start at the beginning of every race is very important. The difference between a swimmer with a very good dive start and a weak start could […]
QUESTION: My daughter is 9 years old and has shown potential for swimming from a young age. She is very tall for her age, very lean and long (her legs go up to her armpits!!). She would be described as gangly. She is having a weekly 1 hour “squad” lesson with a very competent teacher. Over […]
QUESTION: Hello, I have a 15 year old daughter who is in her third year of swimming. She has made states and age nationals for butterfly and freestyle. In the first 50m she would be leading and then the last 50m she slows down to 4th as the top of her legs start feeling like […]
QUESTION: Hi Gary, My 9 & half year son is a decent freestyle swimmer. One very major fault he carries is ” Spreading / Bending legs while breathing – he also turns his head more than required” he breaths every 3 strokes. How to fix this? Thanks, Divakar ANSWER: Hi Divakar, In freestyle, many young […]
QUESTION: Hi Gary! I had a question on flip turns. Whenever I do my flip turns, I seem to run out of breath very quickly–I always have to breathe before the flags after I push off the wall. How can I go further and should I take a breath right before I flip? Thank you, […]
QUESTION: Hi Gary, I am wanting some advice on turns as my 11 year old son has good times but his turns are slow for his breaststroke & freestyle. What can he do to improve his timing into and out of the turn. Thanks heaps, Ruth ANSWER: Hi Ruth, Please find below an answer to […]
QUESTION: Hi Gary, I am wondering if you can help me out with my freestyle stroke? Something is going on with it which has slowed my 800m time from a 9:12 to a 9:29 (twice) – over a period of a month. I am 13yrs old. I have attached a link to a short movie […]
QUESTION: Hi, My daughter is 10 and has competed since she was 8 with good times in all strokes especially fly and free. She has had about 2 months off as a result of Osgoods Schlatters and then an accident with her pony. She is now worried her times will not be as good […]