How DEEP Should YOUR Pull Be?

So rotation is required, which is a huge difference between Backstroke and Freestyle. Freestyle, I wrote a blog series about how you kind of have the option now of rotating in your strokes, even though people, predominantly do coach Freestyle as a rotated stroke most likely that’s what you will learn in a learn swim setting that’s what your club team coaches will tell you to do, but some people are swimming with flatter Freestyle strokes, but you’re able to make that choice. In Backstroke, you can’t do that you have to rotate. That’s just to get that hand under the water. We don’t want to deep polling backstroke, though, so even though you are getting on your side and you’re getting the hand under the water, as we discussed last month in our Backstroke pull webinar, you do want to bend the elbow, so that we bring the fingertips up towards the surface in the pool itself is still fairly shallow, even though you’re on your side. So, a lot of times that’s hard for younger, age group kids to put that together because you need to tell them to be very shallow or they’ll lose rotation, or if you tell them to rotate, then they may pull too deeply. As a coach articulating the best piece of information, I can give this kid, at this moment, to get them to do it correctly or as close to what I would want them to do. You know, maybe not be exactly perfect. In my opinion, if I have a kid who is struggling between those two things, I would go with the deep pull first, so I get the rotation there. From there, I backup the pull and have them learn how to bend their elbow and get the elbow shallow. The reality is that I’d rather have them pull water and move water while not necessarily getting the amount of propulsion they should get by having a shallow pull than not have enough rotation.