Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Get Swimming Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke Right




Get It Right Not Fast

No matter what I'm teaching, swimming, judo or whatever it became a catch phrase of mine to "slow down".

I got sick of that catch phrase to slow down: besides it didn't truly express what I had to say, so I came up with a different one and it goes like this:

"Get it right don't get it fast"

The part that fascinates me the most is that New swimmers are not exclusively the worst at this; experienced swimmers are just as libel to do their drills too fast as much as anybody.

It is imperative, particularly when it comes to learning a new skill, that you slow down your stroke or kick as the case may be and get the action correct from the start rather than try to fix it latter.

Now whilst it is true that, as I have said in other posts, "all drills introduce faults of some kind" the idea of a drill is to build on the previous one so that in essence each drill fixes a fault that the previous one has introduced.

Alternatively a drill introduces a skill that the swimmer has not had before or that they have had and it is poorly developed: thus that skill is initially bound to be floored and the drill is required to fix the floor.

A drill therefore is a planed progression.

Where many get it wrong is that they try to do a drill too fast thus introducing unintended faults or actions that the next dill is not designed to fix so the coach has to spend way more than the planed time, fixing unintended faults before the swim student can move forward.

So when I say "Get it right don't get it fast" I mean it. Slow down your stroke or kick enough to let the drill have the opportunity to do its work and correct the fault that it is intended to correct. Over time, as your skill improves, you will get faster at that skill but let it happen naturally and it will happen faster than if you rush it.

Enjoy 
      Richard

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