One pic at the wall is not enough info
I posted a question -"Can you still be a real swimmer if you can't swim freestyle?" (crawl). This was taped a year ago. Since then, I've straightened head position so that I am looking down at the bottom of the pool. My kick is still awful, despite being an ex runner for 30 years. I do plenty of kickboard and no kickboard drills to improve my kick, with little results. I think my underwater pull is better, although I still sometimes drop my elbows. I'm so confused--I've done all the TI drills, and others given by swim team swimmers, and have watched countless videos. This stroke eludes me and it makes me crazy.
Thanks for your input!
One pic at the wall is not enough info
Was unable to view your video but loved the images of your fighting fish. I had one when I was a youngster, he kept trying to jump out of his tank until one day he was sucessful
You might have better luck with videos by establishing a you tube account
Steve, sorry about your little fighting fish. They are my favorite, but they don't seem to live very long - had them in filtered, unfiltered, heated, unheated tanks, from 2 to 20 gallons with no success - the longest they've ever lived for me was 1 1/2 years. Which fish did you view? My orange boy, or my white one? Is that all you were able to view? That shouldn't have been in the link. Oh my..............
Since you provided a link to your Photobucket account I was able to find and post a link to your video.
Thanks, swimark, hoping someone will give me some input on the stroke.
1) Keep your head down and still when not turning it for a breath
2) Rotate your torso more. Way more power if your body is much closer to perpendicular during the front half of a stroke, with the stroking arm down.
3) Try to really pull yourself through the water, not just cycling your arms through the motion.
Also no Superman on the streamlines. Overlap your hands and get your arms to your ears!
It was the orange beta. They have a short life span I believe.
Definitely go by what was suggested by Fresnoid and Kirk, probably in that order too (dropping head down can allow the other suggestions to take place more effectively). They are some of the best swimmers in the world for their age group and know their stuff.
To me it appears that you are not catching the water, your hands\arms look like they are just slipping. Just as Fresnoid said, "pull yourself through the water, not just cycling your arms". Perhaps some sculling drills would help you get a better feel for the water. Found this video that might help.
Then after this drill try to get that same propulsive feel for the water when doing freestyle (or any other stroke). You want to grab the water and push it back the entire time your hands are in the water - this includes the time your hand is about the exit the water at your thighs. Keep your hands perpendicular to the direction of flow the entire time.
Thanks everyone! Sorry, but work prevented me from getting back here until today. I will check out video and follow your suggestions.
Fresnoid, sorry to ask this but, can you explain this in more detail:
Rotate your torso more.
Do I rotate the entire side or just my torso, so that my arms and legs are straight, and only the core rotates?
Way more power if your body is much closer to perpendicular during the front half of a stroke, with the stroking arm down.
I'm not sure what this means. Do you mean that when my stroking arm has entered the water? And what position should my body be in? : )
six-kick-switch drill might help, as it will give you plenty of time after each stroke to take stock of your body position and make corrections before taking the next stroke.
Your head is too high out of the water. - try to be as straight as possible in the water, with the least drag you can create.
Also you don't rotate well enough. Especially to your right side (left hand recovery) , making your recovery arm too flat.