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renie
October 31st, 2013, 10:44 AM
Sorry for this question, but my crawl feels so off -- breast, back and fly are fine, but when I swim crawl, my kick is awful (ex runner of 30 years), my arms drag rather than pull, hence, I often feel like I'm suspended in the water, rather than moving through it. I've done all the TI drills, lots of kick drills, etc. I noticed that after breathing, if I make sure to get my head back in the water before my hand enters, it seems to keep me more balanced. Watching videos, it seems like some swimmers do the opposite. What is the right way? Thanks!

orca1946
October 31st, 2013, 02:44 PM
Try this to help with your timing. When you breathe, look at your elbow thru the stroke, this will rotate your head back into the water at close to the right time.

Average John Smith
October 31st, 2013, 05:57 PM
Try this to help with your timing. When you breathe, look at your elbow thru the stroke, this will rotate your head back into the water at close to the right time.

That's not bad advice actually.

rtodd
October 31st, 2013, 10:01 PM
Breathe early and return the head early so you are looking back down before the hand goes in. I think you get a better initial pull if the head is back in line with the spine.

renie
November 1st, 2013, 10:03 AM
Thanks, these will really help me understand what I need to do.:applaud: