Freestyle Finishing Drill is a great drill to work on elongating your stroke and help you focus on finishing your underwater work at the hips. This drill can be done with both Freestyle and Butterfly, but in this post we are going to focus on Freestyle.
To swim Freestyle Finishing Drill
- To do this drill correctly, you will try to exaggerate part of your normal Freestyle stroke: the finish.
- As your hand exits the water at your hips, flick your hand and try to splash water at the ceiling. By focusing on splashing the ceiling, you may be able to trick yourself into finishing a few inches beyond where you normally do.
- If you hands have a lot of momentum, allow them to swing as high as they want to swing before going into your recovery.
- Your opposite arm should remain straight in front of your head until the recovering arm catches up (about 3/4 of the way).
- Breathe normally.
Things to think about:
- Really over exaggerate the hand flick at the end. Have fun extending your stroke. It is okay to over rotate during this drill, if it helps you extend your finish.
- Once you have finished the flicking movement, transition into a normal recovery. Everything besides the finish should be normal during this drill.
- Next time you swim Freestyle, try to finish at your hips without flicking any water toward the ceiling.
- You may wear fins during this drill. It is also a fun one to do with a snorkel.