View Full Version : less or more?

September 10th, 2003, 06:26 PM
i've just finished reading a few articles on doing less strokes per length but this has left me confused.Last night i read an article on breaststroke which explained that shorter arm strokes,ie.not pulling further back than about shoulder position was the better option,which is the way to go ?

September 10th, 2003, 11:08 PM
I'm certainly no expert on stroke mechanics, but I think I can help.

I assume that you understand what the stroke count is, and that a lower stroke count indicates a more efficient stroke (with some qualification). In particular, we are looking at number of strokes to swim the length of the pool.

A shorter breaststroke pull as described is likely to decrease your stroke count, rather than increase it. This could be because (1) the inward scull, if hands go below shoulder level, loses power quickly; (2) the longer recovery from the lower position costs you some forward momentum. In any case, the hands don't travel as far in one pull, but your body is propelled further in each pull. This decreases stroke count.

September 11th, 2003, 12:01 PM
Not to mention that about 1/2 your power is coming from your kick. I am assuming that a shorter pull gets you to the streamlined position quicker.

September 11th, 2003, 04:33 PM
yea i think i get it now thanx

September 12th, 2003, 05:04 PM
tried it out tonight ,did 3000+metres felt like only 1500!!!!!what a save on energy and faster too.Also lot less strokes per length,tried it

September 12th, 2003, 05:06 PM
sorry about the two tried it's.sorry three now!!!!i'll quit while i'm ahead.....