Another phase of the Butterly pull is the actual pull itself, or the pull pattern. You start in that position where you’re entering a little bit wider than the shoulder joints, then you come in under the body for that second kick near the belly button is where that second kick happens, then you finish out wide outside hips. Kind of thinking about the point pattern as an hourglass, the top part of that hourglass is maybe just a hair thinner compared to the width of the bottom part of that hourglass. The maximum point of flexion in elbows is at the belly button where the second kick happens. You can see this guy’s doing a good job here, he’s at his maximum point of elbow flexion right in his belly button. The second kick is finishing the down portion of that kick as he’s completing the pull and stroke. A common error in Butterfly is staying wide the whole time. If you’re stronger, the closer your arms are towards your body, the wider they are, the harder it’s going to be on those joints, it’s also going to be harder to move water. But if you are struggling to get the arms in under the body or maybe your tempo, maybe your timing is off, it’s just going to be easier to kind of cycle and keep the arms far away from you, which means you’re going to be doing a lot of work with not a lot of return.