Swim Drill Of The Week: Tennis Ball Breaststroke

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Welcome to the “Swim Drill of the Week”. Swimming World will be bringing you a drill, concept, or tip that you can implement with your team on a regular basis. While certain weeks may be more appropriate for specific levels of swimming (club, high school, college, or masters), Drill Of The Week excerpts are meant to be flexible for your needs and inclusive for all levels of swimming.

This week’s drill is Tennis Ball Breaststroke. In this drill, swimmers will hold a tennis ball under their chin as they swim down the pool breaststroke, working on keeping the tennis ball in place in order to set proper head position.

This is a great drill for younger swimmers who have learned the mechanics of breaststroke but are still working on the finer details of body and head position. Out of all four strokes, breaststroke relies the most on minimizing resistance with each stroke cycle, and a huge part of minimizing that resistance is keeping your head in line with the rest of your body to ensure a forward drive in the stroke.

In young swimmers who are still mastering breaststroke it can be very common to see them swimming with their head in an upright position. That forward looking position will often feel natural to do, but in reality slows down the stroke by limiting the propulsion and glide phase at the end of every kick. However, when teaching proper head position, it can be easy for swimmers to exaggerate tucking their chin and end up with a head position that it too low. The tennis ball helps to find that sweet spot in the middle while also reinforcing the low head position as they finish each stroke. If they try to lift their heads up at any point in the stroke the tennis ball will fall out and they will know that position is incorrect.

A great way to incorporate this drill is to create a competition on who can keep their tennis in for the longest. You can start with a 25 and go from there, seeing who can keep the tennis ball in place for the most 25 repeats or the longest distance. Happy swimming!

All swimming and dryland training and instruction should be performed under the supervision of a qualified coach or instructor, and in circumstances that ensure the safety of participants.

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5 years ago

Maria ???

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5 years ago
Reply to  Maria Lövberg

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Fast jag vet inte om ett helt pass är det allra bästa fysiologiskt ?

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5 years ago
Reply to  Maria Lövberg

sant ?

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5 years ago

Lino Sandil

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5 years ago

Jay Henderson Pryor

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5 years ago

Heather Moyer Iglar

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5 years ago

Cecilia Benedict we need some tennis balls at work!

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5 years ago

Already onto it Jess! ?

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5 years ago

Nadja Wortel

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5 years ago
Reply to  Selene Wortel

Hmm morgen maar eens toepassen ?

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5 years ago
Reply to  Selene Wortel

Doen we al toch

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5 years ago
Reply to  Selene Wortel

Nee mijn hoofd is niet goed gestroomlijnd, ik kijk bijna recht vooruit blijkbaar

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5 years ago
Reply to  Selene Wortel

Dan moet je doen alsof je een tennisbal vast moet houden

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5 years ago

Badger week one back to term with the turtles? Lol

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5 years ago

Done this many times lol

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5 years ago

Ella Tauroa

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5 years ago

Connie Matheis this is the drill I told you Alex had to do years ago

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5 years ago

Heidi Ho

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5 years ago

Bianca this sounds interesting

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Lol–

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5 years ago

Aleksandar’s FAVORITE!!

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5 years ago

Ask Natalie!!! (Carey Cannell) 🙂

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5 years ago

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