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    I have a question about swim technique. It applies to all strokes but right now backstroke is my biggest fight. I watched some elite swimmers recently (Ryan Lochte specifically) I noticed he swims more on top of the water rather than in the water. He does this when he is warming up and doing drills as well. I am definitely way lower in the water and I think that is slowing me down. Any body have tips how to achieve this? I asked him, and he said he des not know how he does what he does. He said ask his coach. (David Marsh) He was busy and I did not have a chance.

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    Re: swimming on top of the water

    Focus on pushing the head and upper back down into the water. This will naturally bring your hips up. Your head remains still looking towards the ceiling/sky and you drive down with each stroke as you rotate your upper body. It seems counter intuitive to push down to bring yourself up, but it works.

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    Re: swimming on top of the water

    Swimming faster than hull speed will give the appearance of riding high in the water. Same with freestyle. That's where you want to be. For backstroke keep the hips high and head back in line with the spine.

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    Re: swimming on top of the water

    Quote Originally Posted by rtodd View Post
    Swimming faster than hull speed...
    For others, like me, who'd never heard the term "hull speed" before: Wikipedia: Hull Speed

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    Re: swimming on top of the water

    If you swim with fins on, you will feel this effect as your speed increases.

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    Re: swimming on top of the water

    OH - so if I swim with big fins on , I can look & swim like an Olympian?? My "hull speed" is that of a loaded coal barge!!!

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    Re: swimming on top of the water

    Sidetrack: Erm WOW! Don't know if you spoke to Ryan Lochte or done it via email, either way I'm soooo jelly!!!! I like Ryan Lochte lots .

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    Re: swimming on top of the water

    Just happened to see this thread today after, coincidently, doing some body position drills. Hadn't worked on pressing the buoy or swimming downhill in a long time, and wow, was I shocked at the difference just 400 yards or so of drill made. My stroke count dropped significantly... free and back. For backstroke it was less about pushing my head back (I worked on tucking the chin and keeping the head neutral) and more about pressing the back and shoulders deeper to allow the hips/thighs to ride a little higher. If I focus on pushing my head back I end up craning my neck back and depending on my head to find balance instead of relaxing the neck and finding that fulcrum or "sweet-spot" opposite the sternum.

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    Re: swimming on top of the water

    I really worked on pushing my shoulders and back down this morning too due to this thread. It does make a difference.

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