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 of my stroke.
Thank you very much for any tips or advice you may have from watching the movie. I really enjoy your teaching videos etc.
There are a couple of things you can do to improve your freestyle.
1. As your left hand enters the water, your head should be turned to the right side to take a breath. You turn your head too late to breath (well after your left finger tips enter the water) which means that your head also goes back to a streamlined position late too. Your head is still breathing after your right hand has recovered past it.
2. It also appears that you lift your head a touch before breathing and turn your head off centre to the right to take your breath. This throws your body out of alignment.
For more hints I suggest you and your parents download the free ebook www.50SwimTips.com which will help you with some more freestyle tips and tips for the other strokes.
The Swimming Expert