Thursday, January 1, 2009

Learn How To Swim 101 - Breatstroke - Whip Kick

The breaststroke kick is possibly the most difficult kick for many if not all swimmers. And now to make it worse I want to change it.

The whip kick is a variation on the frog kick that some feel is more efficient and therefore all swimmers should use it.

I am not a competitively coach. I teach swimming. I have no interest in being a swimming coach. I have been a judo coach and I know the amount of hours you need to put in to be a good coach and to put those kind of hours into being a swimming coach as well seems to me to be just unreasonable so I don't even try.

I am a swimming teacher because I love to teach and for this reason I cannot attest to whether or not the whip kick is a more efficient kick or not. Except to say I have seen no evidence that it changes anyones  efficiency when it comes to breaststroke.

What I have noticed is that those who knees are under strain with the frog kick, if they manage to master the whip kick they find much less stress on their knees. For this reason it is worth trying.

The idea is simple enough. If you have mastered the frog kick you should have no trouble with the breaststroke whip kick. All you have to do is bring your knees closer when you kick.

Like this:

Now just in case your having trouble seeing the difference here is the picture of the frog kick:

Pretty simple really. Anyway give it a go and see what you think feels best for you.



  1. Hi there, the trouble with the whip kick is that it requires lateral deviation at the knee which can cause long term damage to the joint. Remember that the knee is a hinge joint whereas the hip is a ball and socket joint.

    1. G'day Anonymous,
      Wouldn't that be the same for frog kick?


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