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Go Faster and Farther By Understanding The Pull

Hope you had another great week of life and swimming and you’re looking forward to a great weekend!

This week, I’ve got a great question that I’ve received from several individuals.

Understanding the answer is critical because it will ensure you’re focus is on the right key skills for improving your pull.

Question- What’s the correct way to pull, with an ‘S-shape’ or straight back?

It’s a pretty contentious topic, one that’s been discussed since the 60s when Doc Counsilman started filming swimmers underwater.

As a coach and a student of the sport, it’s taken me a long time to figure out.

I’ve talked to all the experts, watched a lot of video, and have done a lot of experimentation.

Just as importantly, I’ve had to find solutions that consistently help athletes improve their pull.

As a result of all that experience, I’ve come up with a commonsense answer that is in line with the experience of coaches, the experience of swimmers, and lines up with the scientific research.

The short answer is…both.

Not a very satisfying answer!

Now, here’s a more practical answer that will require a little more explanation.

Your hand WILL move in an S-shaped pattern when you pull.

However, your INTENTION should be to pull straight back.

‘Straight back’ is not what’s going to happen, but that’s what you should try to do.

Watch this video where I show you how to set up the stroke.