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2/3/04Proper Getaway: The Drop Push
Drop pushing off the wall every time you start a repeat in workouts will help
you improve several skills: improving your body position during open (butterfly
& breaststroke) turns and attaining a consistent depth every time you push
off a wall. Not only is the drop push good for developing good habits, it is
much more efficient (both easier and quicker) than jumping off the bottom of
the pool, or treading water with your hands trying to balance your feet on the
Set yourself up with one hand on the wall and the other extended toward the
opposite end of the pool with the palm facing up. Focus your eyes on the hand
thats on the wall, with your chin almost touching your shoulder. Plant
the balls of your feet (not your heels) on the wall with your feet pointed
parallel with the bottom of the pool.
Bring your head back, look toward the sky and allow your body to drop down
until your torso is aligned with your lower body (parallel with the bottom of
the pool). Your hands should be together and overhead, with your elbows bent
As you push off, your elbows should straighten, tightening your streamline so
that as your toes leave the wall you are in a tight streamline and on your side
(perpendicular with the bottom of the pool).
Now rotate either onto your front (freestyle,
butterfly or breaststroke) or onto your back (backstroke).