View Full Version : Help me get my butterfly back

November 30th, 2016, 09:05 AM
So I know that there are threads on fly already by Ande - but they are seriously too long to wade through. I used to race fly as a kid, now I am lucky to make a 25 without gasping for air. Developed chondromalacia in both knees so I have to forget breaststroke for a couple of years, and want to get my fly back.
Anybody have any drills I can do to help me get back that drive down with my chest? I've been doing right arm, left arm, and both arms, only breathing on the first "both arms" stroke, and I do feel like my chin is in a good place there, and that my breath timing is good, but when I try to just "swim" I can feel my butt sinking in the pool. I really want to avoid fins, as they are so addicting, and I feel they artificially correct your stroke.
Thanks in advance.

Mark Usher
December 1st, 2016, 02:20 PM
This David Marsh video shows some fly sculling drills that I like to do during my warm-up & drill sets:


December 2nd, 2016, 08:35 AM
Underwater butterfly kicking with the arms down at your sides. This will help get the most efficient motion down and forces you to press with your chest. Then, you can incorporate the full stroke on top of the water.

December 10th, 2016, 12:35 PM
I kick fly on my back for drills. This makes me kick up to the surface, It works for me - try it and let us know what you think.

December 12th, 2016, 12:23 PM
Along the same line. I was n an auto accident and had a severe tear of my spinal cord. From t-14 to L2. I have a think down my spinal cord that looks like a ladder sawed down the middle. I used to be able to swim butterfly and was told while it wasn't fast it was beautiful. Now I can't do it at all. My legs float above my back so that I can't get my body up out of the water. I have tried fins, paddles and one arm drills. Any suggestion. Before the surgerey, the doctor said tha tI maybe would not be able to swim but Ishowed him. I amso have Parkinson's.