Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How To Swim Freestyle. Big Arms v Bent Elbows




I just thought I'd outline the pros and cons of learning freestyle with the bent elbow method as against the straight arm method.

Without progressing first from straight arms; I need to point out that I don't know of another way to teach Beginners freestyle arms with a bent elbow but for the student to use a kickboard. If anybody knows another way to teach bent elbows I'd love to hear from them.

Straight Arms (or Big arms)
Pros:

         Promotes finished strokes. That is the arm goes all the way down to the hips on the catch pull and push phase.
         Promotes correct Head and body position

Con:
         Hard for young children
        
Bent arms (With Kickboard)
Pros:
         Easy for young children
         Easy to extend to catch up stroke

Cons:        
         Promotes raised head and body position (seems contradictory but never-the-less that's what it does.
         Often produces drag of arms in the water reducing the effectiveness of the stroke.
         Usually produces incomplete strokes.

My point is you never get rid of a teaching tool because no matter what method you use to teach it will introduce faults that you will have to correct using other teaching tools.



Enjoy
 Richard

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