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June 21st, 2006, 11:15 PM
Where should my eyes be looking when swimming freestyle? If straight ahead, parallel to the surface of the water, is 0 degrees and straight down, perpendicular to the surface of the water is 90 degrees. What angle should I be looking at?

June 22nd, 2006, 08:47 AM
Generally, your head should be straight down. If you lift your head forward, your hips will sink, and you will slow down.

June 22nd, 2006, 08:55 AM
This artcle is over 10 years old...but the comments about head position hold true. Keeeping your head in "neutral" prevents the hips from dropping deeper and bogging you down. The water should skim over the top of the head. When you breathe, try visualizing the "one eyed jack" as in a deck of cards. One eye in the water ....one eye out.

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June 23rd, 2006, 10:48 AM
I've noticed no one ever seems to ask where their butt/hips should be.

June 23rd, 2006, 10:55 AM
Here is a sequence of thorpe swimming it explains head position http://www.donalfagan.com/html/thorpe.html