Beyond the value of creating instant change from seeing yourself swim, there’s a lot of value in using video to help calibrate the rest of your swimming.
Of the three sources of feedback described here, video feedback is the most difficult to get consistently and immediately.
In contrast, you can feel what you’re doing EVERY stroke.
You can get your times and stroke counts for each swim.
You’re probably not going to have access to video after each swim; you’re not even likely to get video feedback during every training session. Unless you have an unusual circumstance, it’s going to be a rare event.
That’s where calibration comes in.
Getting video feedback with some regularity allows you to compare what your swimming looks like with how it feels.
If you’re trying to get your arm to move in a certain way, you can make sure that you’re actually moving in the way you desire.
Moving through the water can be very deceptive.
While you often think you’re doing one thing, you’re often moving in a very different way.
Just as importantly, as we’ll discuss later, any change you do make feels much more significant than it actually is.
You may believe you’ve made a colossal change whereas you’ve hardly made any change at all!
What most swimmers will find is that what they have to FEEL to align with what they want to SEE, is going to be VERY different than what they expect.
When they swim 'right' it feels wrong, and when they swim 'wrong' it feels right.
This is the value of video feedback.
It can PROVE to yourself that you're on the right path, and you're well served to continue what you're doing, regardless of how bad it feels.
Once you can replicate those movements by relying on what you’re feeling, you now have the ability to get feedback about how you’re swimming during every repetition.
That's the kind of feedback that has REAL value.
You’re able to use what you feel to get feedback about what your swimming likely looks like.
Every few days, or once a week, you can then double check the video to make sure what you’re feeling is actually aligned with you’re doing.
What you FEEL you’re doing should be in line with what you ARE doing.
With video, you can teach yourself to change what you feel, so that's aligned with what you do.
With feedback like that, you're bound to improve.
Faster. Easier. Better.