Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

  1. #1

    Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

    I can float on my back while kicking and scull the water or keep my hands on my hips and my face barely gets wet. However, when I try to backstroke my face submerges during the hand entry phrase and floats back up. This requires me to blow out my nose to avoid inhaling water. I've seen people at my local pool perform the backstroke and their face remains out of the water the whole time. Even when I try to backstroke at a slow pace my face submerges at some point. Is there a reason I can't backstroke without my face getting covered with water particularly during the hand entry phase?

  2. #2
    Very Active Member Sumorunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Latham, NY
    Posts
    204

    Re: Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

    Shoulder flexibility?

  3. #3
    aka Elaine-iaK & Aqua Dog ElaineK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    4,141

    Re: Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

    Larry, it would be helpful if we could see a video. Can you have somebody shoot a clip of your backstroke for you to post on this thread? Just upload it to YouTube and insert the link. Seeing your stroke is really the only way we can know for sure what's going on.
    http://ElaineiaKsTravels.wordpress.com

    ~ Believing in your dreams can be far more rewarding than living by your limitations ~Karla Peterson

  4. #4
    Very Active Member orca1946's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    schaumburg, il - U S A
    Posts
    7,077

    Re: Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

    Question? --- does this happen with just one hand entry? If so then maybe, you are over rotating to that side. I do this with my right hand and at times, it looks as if I am looking down into the water. I work on rotating my other shoulder deeper so as to raise my other shoulder. Yes -- a video would help us.

  5. #5
    aka Elaine-iaK & Aqua Dog ElaineK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    4,141

    Re: Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

    Here is an excellent video on proper backstroke technique:
    https://www.goswim.tv/lessons/372-ba...six-principles
    http://ElaineiaKsTravels.wordpress.com

    ~ Believing in your dreams can be far more rewarding than living by your limitations ~Karla Peterson

  6. #6
    Very Active Member Sojerz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Woodbury, New Jersey, United States
    Posts
    386
    Blog Entries
    392

    Re: Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

    It's ok for your head to go underwater occasionally while swimming backstroke. Your head should be "back" (not sticking up) with the water line just about going over your face, but not quite, and your head should be dead "still" (not going up and down or side to side). You may not be rotating your shoulders enough if your head is being pulled underwater at hand entry. Try a little more shoulder rotation, keeping your head still to see if that helps.

    You could also try lowering your hips and feet/kick slightly so there is more action underwater, especially if you feel like you are arching your back - flatten your body out. Slightly lowering your hips should bring your head up. You don't want to lower them to the point where you are "sitting", adding drag, and disrupting your streamline.
    Some guys they just give up living and start dying little by little, piece by piece. Some guys come home from work and wash up and go racin’ in the street. (Bruce Springsteen, 1978)

  7. #7
    Very Active Member Swimspire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    319

    Re: Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

    You've definitely received some great tips from all of the forumites here.

    The first question I would have is whether your face submerges all the time, or does it seem to be on just one side? There are two possibilities as why you are not able to keep your head above the water during your hand entry phase:


    One possibility is that the issue might be coming from the kicking/core strength. Your kicking might be sporadic or your core may be weak overall. This is why the question as to whether your face is under water all the time or more on one side is important. A weaker kick and core will cause you to sink during the recovery and entry phase of the stroke. This is the most likely possibility, judging from what you have described.


    Another possibility is that you might be dragging yourself underwater if the catch and pull is too deep. After the hand enters the water, you need to reach the hand and arm back, and catch just enough to maintain your body and head position stable, instead of bobbing up and down, or from side to side. If you have too deep of a catch, you could end up sinking underwater.

    There are quite a few drills that are specifically geared towards correcting either a weak kick/core or a catch that is too deep. Ultimately, I recommend that you work with a qualified coach to fine-tune your stroke, since it is difficult to make judgements regarding what you need to work on without being able to get a full assessment of your stroke. Good luck!
    Last edited by Swimspire; March 11th, 2017 at 03:17 PM.

  8. #8
    Very Active Member knelson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    7,955
    Blog Entries
    565

    Re: Face Submerged During Hand Entry Phase on Backstroke?

    Another possibility could be the timing of your stroke. If you have one arm recovering when the other hasn't initiated the pull your body (and head) is necessarily going to sink. To demonstrate this try kicking on your back with both arms out of the water and your hands pointed at the ceiling. It's very difficult to stay on the surface.

Similar Threads

  1. Hand entry for Freestyle
    By aztimm in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: November 28th, 2016, 05:25 PM
  2. Hand Entry Drill Needed
    By Boomerang in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: August 6th, 2013, 04:28 PM
  3. How far should hand move during last phase of stroke?
    By spindogg in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: June 20th, 2008, 12:16 AM
  4. Hand Entry
    By jpleech in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: January 17th, 2005, 10:53 AM
  5. Karate Chop Hand Entry
    By clyde hedlund in forum General Swimming-Related Discussions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: August 13th, 2003, 08:30 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •