Jeff - this is a GREAT rule for everyone to keep in mind. Very easy to be in a rush to get going fast and start pulling out for the stroke too soon.
Fort, I am wondering if your head is dipped down in the brute force of your dolphin kick. This is hard to see or even feel if you aren't aware of it or watching from the side underwater.
Your head has to be straight on your spine as you pull-down.
I like to think there is a very subtle feeling of a lift of the chest as you are surfacing - but the head stays locked straight on the spine.
Watch the fast breaststrokers surface for the first stroke/breath. Chin is nicely tucked in...
I'm not a breaststoker - but I did just drop over a second off my 100 breast time this weekend.
Zero training for it - just a lot of chatting here about technique!
Awareness counts. Thanks guys.