Introduction: Backstroke Swimming Technique

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This is part 2 of the backstroke tutorials

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The hands during backstroke swimming technique might seem like they are doing crazy things when you see them in slow motion. However, once you understand each movement and practice it, it will make more sense. I divided it in 4 stages.

1- Recovery It all starts when the hand is in the recovery stage. It is easier to get it out of the water with your thumb first. Then during the recovery rotate the wrist to make the pinky finger enter first.

2- The set up This is the only stroke that doesn’t have any gliding. So as soon as the hand enters, you need to start the pull. The rotation should be quick in order to start the pull in a good position. The hand actually starts pulling before the shoulder stops rotating.

3- The pull Now, the main strength of the pull comes in the middle. The elbow should be slightly bent. At this point the chest should be pointing to one side of the pool.

4- The scoop Once the hands pass this middle point, the pull changes direction and does a little scoop at the end. This happens partially because the other arm is about to enter and the rotation of the shoulders is about to reach the highest point.

Backstroke is not an easy stroke to swim right, but there are drill that can make it easier. That is why I will give you my favorite drill in the next video. In the meantime be sure to subscribe and like the video!

See you next time! Swim fast!

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