New Technique Tip Now Posted: FREESTYLE - Clean Catch -- July 1, 2005
By Glenn Mills
PHOENIX, Ariz., July 1. Sprint freestyle is a very aggressive type of swimming. There’s usually a LOT of thrash-ing and splashing, and many young swimmers find that the harder they try, the slower they go. Much of the time, this is due to simply trying TOO hard.
If you initiate your pull TOO quickly when you’re sprinting, you may make a couple of simple mistakes. First, you may shorten your stroke to the point where you’re not taking advantage of your full range of motion. Second, by attacking too soon, you may pull more air than water. While very few sprinters don’t bring some bubbles into play, if you find it hard to see where you’re going because of the air bubbles in front of you, you MAY be trying a bit too hard.
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