Video Example: Bent Elbow Pull

So this lady’s got a nice Backstroke. You can see she’s bending the elbow well, which is good. This is a nice underwater video. You can see her thumb is up as she’s pulling down. She keeps her thumb up away from the rest of her fingers by keeping her fingers and thumb all together instead of letting it spread out. Another thing is the hands should be a little bit more shallow, so I love the elbow bend- that’s great. A lot of times if you tell people to bend their elbows then it makes the whole stroke sort of wonky and they start bending their elbows through the recovery. If you teach age groupers this, I coach a group of like 10 to like 13-year-olds, and I’ve been like, “hey, bend your elbows,” then they are all swimming like with T Rex arms outside of the water. That is not good for anybody involved in the situation, so I like how you can bend your elbow, but at the end of the day, this hand as you pull through needs to stay more shallow than what it currently is. So you want it to be more so, up towards the surface here, versus almost at the same length, under the water as the elbow, because elbow needs to be the deepest but this hand could easily be up here, or towards where your belly button is looking, and have a little bit shallower pull solid rotation over to this side. The side where the camera is has a great amount of rotation, but make sure that you’re still getting that same amount of rotation. When you’re rotating to the opposite side. Okay, so you should still see the same amount of bellybutton slash swimsuit when you’re looking at the side the frames on Backstroke, video, but I feel like we are seeing more on this side that you’re driving your hand in towards us, versus in what we’re seeing on that opposite side.