Key in on these focus points to get the most out of your stroke.
Growing up, you likely were told to stand up straight or not to slouch. That same advice should be carried to the water, where your posture significantly affects body position. Pay attention to these key postural focuses to help reduce excess drag and increase lift and speed. Use the concepts below to help create better posture in the water. Have a friend or swim coach video your stroke. You may be humbled by what you see, but you will have an honest look at how you’re moving in the water and the areas that need the most focus. Remember, swim proud!
1. First, pay attention to your head position. If your head is too high or too low, your hips and legs will drop and cause drag. You’ll find the sweet spot while gazing underwater a few feet in front of you at the black line until the waterline breaks at the top third of your head. This creates a bow wave off of your head and a subsequent pocket of air to easily breathe into. With the visual reference point on the black line, you can now create consistency and keep your head position in check.