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islanddancer
October 1st, 2008, 08:44 PM
Hi,
Today another fellow swimmer pointed out my problem when I was doing the pull with pull buoy. This is one of many times other swimmers and coaches pointed out this problem. It is more natural for me to breathe on the right. And they pointed that that my left arm is ok, but my right arm is not reaching far enough and the entry point is too close. The right arms sinks quickly after entry but for hte left there is no such problem.

I have been breathing right since I started to learn freestyle and I think this is the most suspectible cause of the imbalance.

Has anyone here has the same or similar experience?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCamvyQAJ3w
is one of my videos.

Thanks for any suggestions.

mjgold
October 1st, 2008, 09:17 PM
Has your coach suggested any drills for you to do? I haven't had that problem, but off the top of my head, I'd suggest doing a stretch drill with or without the pull buoy. Basically, when you take each stroke, you want to stretch your extended arm out as far as possible and rest on your armpit. You can do this at a slow pace to really feel the exaggerated stretch. It will help you feel more natural when extending your leading arm.

Also, something my coach told me (that goes against what some people say): when recovering your arms, your hand should enter the water almost fully extended, not near your head. The closer to your head your hand enters the water, the more resistance you create by driving your hand forward.

This site has some good drills to help your balance: http://www.dixiezone.org/Drills/Freestyle_drills.html

islanddancer
October 1st, 2008, 09:32 PM
Has your coach suggested any drills for you to do? I haven't had that problem, but off the top of my head, I'd suggest doing a stretch drill with or without the pull buoy. Basically, when you take each stroke, you want to stretch your extended arm out as far as possible and rest on your armpit. You can do this at a slow pace to really feel the exaggerated stretch. It will help you feel more natural when extending your leading arm.

Also, something my coach told me (that goes against what some people say): when recovering your arms, your hand should enter the water almost fully extended, not near your head. The closer to your head your hand enters the water, the more resistance you create by driving your hand forward.

This site has some good drills to help your balance: http://www.dixiezone.org/Drills/Freestyle_drills.html

For the time being, I don't have a coach, but I will be in a class starting on Oct 8th. I also feel that if the entry point is too close, it causes lots of drag. But if the entry is too far, that will cause too much strain for the shoulder...

Thanks for the tips, I will work on it and videotape more.